Saturday, December 7, 2013

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Potatoes

Today was a wonderfully lazy day of snacking on fruit, cheese, meats, and Prosecco.  So how better to close out the day than with a roasted leg of lamb and potatoes.  I picked up the leg of lamb last weekend and have been itching to cook it so today was the perfect opportunity to tear into this beautiful cut of meat.

Lamb is simple to cook, but is intimidating to a lot of people just because it is not as common on American dinner tables as beef and pork.  To start I rubbed the leg on all sides with garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, and rosemary.  I let the lamb set while the oven heated up to 325 degrees.  Once the oven was ready I seared the lamb for 2 minutes on all sides and then placed it in the oven for 60 minutes to roast.

When cooking a leg of lamb you can estimate your cook time by estimating 20 minutes per pound until it reaches 145 degrees internal temperature. That will cook it to a good medium rare in the middle.  When the timer reached 30 minutes I put in the sliced potatoes, lightly coated in oil, in the oven to cook.

When the lamb was done I let it rest for 10 minutes before I sliced it.  I plated it with the sliced potatoes.  The lamb was amazing, and while we barely made a dent in it,  I am pretty sure I will be able to incorporate it into a couple of dinners throughout the week...

I finished my dinner tonight with 2 fingers of Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Scotch, which was the perfect end to a relaxing day.

Rainy Day Brunch

After a long week we often find ourselves spending Saturday hanging out at the house watching movies and snacking on fruit, meats, and cheeses with some tasty Prosecco.   Today is one of those days.  It is raining, cold, and not that we ever need an excuse to lay in bed all day, but this is a good justification for a lazy day.

Today we are enjoying some mixed fruits, pepperoni, peppered salami, a mix of cheeses, and  a caprese salad.  This is just a precursor to the main event tonight which will be a roasted leg of lamb with roasted duck fat potatoes and veggies.  

 For now, we are going to enjoy our mid day snack and some movies.... 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Brisket with Mac and Cheese

Anyone else get home from work tonight, open the freezer, and pull out a pound of smoked brisket for dinner, cause I did!  Yeah, I know rough life for sure, but hey somebody's gotta do it.

So because of my slight obsession with smoking meat, I tend to have several pounds of different smoked meats on hand in the freezer at any given time.  That said, Mandy (and I) have decided it is time to burn through some of the inventory before I add anymore to it.  As hard as it is, I agreed with her, so every night I will come home and play roulette with the freezer and pull out one of our tasty creations for dinner.  

Tonight was brisket so I placed the vacuum sealed package in a pot of boiling water for 15 minutes to reheat the meat.  Since I vacuum sealed it with the original juices, the meat will not dry out as it is heated and if you let it rest in the bag for a couple of minutes before you open it, you will not be disappointed.  

We paired the meat with some leftover mac and cheese freshened up with some crispy fried onions and dinner was ready in under 20 minutes.  

Fortunately for me there was enough meat leftover for me to take some to work tomorrow for leftover leftovers..... Too bad I can't take a Long Hammer IPA to enjoy.