Garlic Roasted Leg of Lamb with Garlic Feta Yogurt Sauce

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This garlic roasted leg of lamb with garlic feta yogurt sauce is a delicious meal is a recipe that comes from a rich family history of preparing lamb for family meals and is perfect for any family gathering. #ad

Have you ever seen the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding? The romantic comedy that is centered around a Greek-American woman (with a very involved family with lots of traditions) falling in love with a non-Greek man? Well, reverse the roles (me as the non-Greek) and that movie pretty much sums up half of my in-laws and what our wedding was like.

My husbands’ mother and her whole side of the family are very Eastern European. Think lots of traditions and many trips to small ethnic grocery stores for meals. When we got married a few years ago, my husband and I decided to have a traditional Serbian Orthodox wedding. We did the whole shebang-including wearing crows as part of the ceremony. At one point during the wedding preparations my father (and I should really mention that I come from a European (German) family as well with a lot of traditions of their own so it wasn’t completely foreign to me) made a joke about how the experience was like My Big Fat Green Wedding.

Of course I had to watch it again, and I laughed at the part where the main character is telling her family that her boyfriend doesn’t eat meat:

“What you mean he doesn’t eat no meat?”

“Oh, that’s ok, I make lamb”

That part always cracks me up, and definitely reminds me of my grandmother-in-law. Lamb is a staple at family holidays and get-togethers. And not just any lamb, but a leg of lamb made with lots of garlic. They key is cutting many little holes into the lamb and then pressing garlic clove pieces into the holes, and making sure to press garlic cloves ALL around the lamb. While the lamb is cooking, the garlic cooks into the meat as well, so you’re left with tender meat that has a nice subtle garlic flavor.

 

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As my grandmother-in-law gets older, it’s harder for her to cook everything alone. Last time we were having a celebration, it was getting late in the day and she mentioned still having to make the lamb. I immediately volunteered to help her and took the lamb to my house to make. I got a text message from my mother-in-law who, upon hearing that I was going to make the lamb wrote me ‘bold move, no one besides Nana has made the lamb, ever.’

I got nervous, but persevered. At dinner, she exclaimed that the lamb was ‘super.’ I’m pretty sure my heart swelled and that that was one of my best cooking moments, EVER!

So today I’m sharing a recipe for garlic leg of lamb with a garlic feta yogurt sauce to serve it with.

Garlic Roasted Leg of Lamb with Garlic Feta Yogurt Sauce

Author Philia Kelnhofer

Ingredients

  • 1 2.5 lb. Seasoned Leg of Lamb from Omaha Steaks
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, peeled and cut into 3 or 4s
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil

For the garlic feta yogurt sauce:

  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 oz. feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions

To make the lamb:

  1. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil and set aside. Preheat oven to 350

  2. With a sharp knife poke holes into the leg of lamb and press garlic cloves into the holes.

  3. Make sure you go all around the leg of lamb with the holes filled with garlic.

  4. Rub the olive oil on the leg of lamb and place in the pan.

  5. Bake for an hour and half (for medium rare, bake longer for more well cooked).

  6. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes, then remove netting from the leg of lamb, slice and serve.

To make the garlic feta yogurt sauce:

  1. Press garlic cloves into a bowl, then stir in the yogurt and crumble the feta on top.

  2. Stir a few times until everything is combined. Serve a dollop on the side with a slice of lamb.

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