Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy
Mary Ann's newest book contains over 150 recipes, 60 gorgeous food photos, and many scenic pictures of Italy taken by Mary Ann on her travels through the years.
1 boneless leg of lamb, butterflied
Salt and pepper to taste
2 shallots, finely diced
Zest of an orange
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fennel pollen
4 stems of parsley
1 cup bread crumbs
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Vidalia onion, cut into wedges
8 garlic cloves
1 carrot, cut into cubes
1 celery stalk, cut into cubes
4 to 6 rosemary springs
2 bay leaves
4 stems of thyme
2 cups red wine, reduced to 1 cup
1 can of San Marzano tomatoes or 1 to 2 pints halved fresh cherry tomatoes
4 to 6 cups chicken stock
Preheat the oven to 300°F.
Combine the shallot, garlic, orange zest, fennel pollen, parsley and bread crumbs into a stuffing. Spread the mixture evenly over the butterflied lamb and press on it so that it will stick to the meat as you roll the roast. Roll as tightly as you can and tie the roast every inch or so to keep it closed as it cooks.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a Dutch oven and sear the rolled roast on all sides. Deglaze the pan with the reduced wine, scraping all the bits adhering to the bottom of the pan to help flavor the wine.
Add the onion, garlic, carrot and celery to the pan. Add chicken stock and herbs and let simmer for a few minutes.
Cover the pan and transfer it to the oven and cook for 2 hours; check to see if the meat is fork tender. If not, check again in 10 minutes. If it is tender, let the roast cool in the stock and then remove to a cutting board.
Reduce the liquid in the pan; slice the roast and arrange on a serving platter. Pour the reduced sauce over the slices and serve. This pairs nicely with polenta.
This recipe is featured on show 2823 – Bringing Up Ryan.