My family loves grilled lamb chops but we’ve never tried roasting a whole leg of lamb. On a whim, I bought a whole leg of lamb a couple of weeks ago. I roasted it as some sort of a dry run for a dinner party we’d be hosting sometime between Christmas and New Year. I wanted to find out how many people a whole leg of lamb could feed. Instead of serving it as a traditional roast, however, I opted to make some submarine sandwiches using loaves of French bread and lots of vegetables. My kids loved it!
Rub the outside with a mixture of minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover with cling wrap and let sit in the fridge for a couple of hours. Place the leg of the lamb on a large piece of aluminum foil. Cover with another piece of foil and seal the edges together. Roast in a 170oC oven. Half an hour for every pound of meat is a safe guide. During the last 15 minutes of roasting, remove the top piece of foil to brown the lamb. To make the roast lamb submarine sandwiches, cut the French bread horizontally. Cover the bottom layer with romaine lettuce. Arrange thin slices of lamb (overlapping them is good) on top of the lettuce. Top with slices of tomatoes and some onion rings.
Basil and Garlic Toast
What a morning! No one woke up to the blaring of the alarm clock. It was 7.00 o’clock when my husband was roused by the honking of the school bus. Darn, and the kids were still sleeping soundly. He sent off the bus and we woke up the kids. He would have to drive them to school in 15 minutes flat so they won’t be late for the first class.
Not enough time to fix breakfast for the kids. Not enough time for them to eat. They’d have to make up for it with their morning recess. But, not too late to fix something for my husband and myself. He’d come right back home after dropping off the kids so he could shower before leaving for work. So, while he was out, I prepared the butter that I had been thawing all night to make some basil and garlic toast.
The butter has to be soft enough for easy stirring. Place the butter in a sealable container. A wide-mouthed jar or plastic container would be good. Add all the ingredients to the butter and stir until smooth and well-blended. Spread on slices of bread. Toast the bread in a pre-heated 160oC oven for about 3 minutes. Serve with steaming hot coffee and fresh fruits.