Monday, March 28, 2005

YUMMY Easter Dinner

When we figured out that neither of us had any extended family plans for Easter, Lisa and I decided our families should do Easter dinner together. I asked Lisa if they liked lamb. "We do," she said, "but we hardly ever eat it." So that settled it - I bought half a leg o' lamb - the top, meatier half - I even palpated that smooth femoral head just to be sure. I also bought 2 bunches of asparagus (on sale for $0.99 a pound!). Lisa said she would bake bread and make dessert.

The lamb turned out so well! Even Ruby, who is a very picky eater, chowed down! And the bread, omigod! Its a recipe Lisa got from Perugia, and it has lots of cheese, butter, and eggs in it. The crust was so flaky and cheesey, we kept giving the middle part to Colin just so we could eat more crust! And dessert was this strawberry pudding - not like Jello pudding (blech), but like this light, sweet, souffle of strawberry essense. Oh yeah, and I roasted a medley of white, red, and purple potatoes (very Easter-y) and grilled the asparagus. And we had a salad from the lettuce grown in our own garden. Fresh greens taste amazing. Anthony was in charge of libations, and made us pre-dinner Cosmopolitans, then opened Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and made wonderful decaf coffee for dessert. Needless to say, we all got stuffed and were very sorry when the evening was over.

Here's how I did the lamb:

3 1/2 lbs top end leg o' lamb, thick fat removed from outside. Slice ~3 garlic cloves lengthwise, and stuff into little slits all over meat. Rub meat with lemon juice, salt and pepper, minced rosemary, and olive oil. Sear outside on very hot grill, 3-4 minutes/side. Finish in 350 oven until reaching internal temp of 140. Let rest 5 minutes, then slice and devour.

Sure to bring out the carnivore in us all.

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