Provençal Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

Provençal Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

Prep time: 25 minutes

Marinating time: 4 to 6 hours

Grilling time: 1-1/2 hours

Serves: 10

4       plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
1       small yellow onion, roughly chopped
6       large garlic cloves, crushed
1       cup dry red wine
1/2    cup lightly packed fresh parsley
1/2    cup lightly packed fresh rosemary
2       tablespoons Dijon mustard
1       teaspoon salt
1/2    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1       boneless leg of lamb, about 2.5kg, trimmed of nearly all fat

2       cans (540g) cannelloni beans, drained
1       cup 1.5cm diced tomatoes
1/2    cup thinly sliced black or green olives
1/4    cup extra virgin olive oil
2       tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1       tablespoon red wine vinegar

1. In a food processor combine the marinade ingredients. Process until pureed; pour the marinade into a large bowl. Add the lamb to the marinade, turn to coat, cover, and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.

2. Remove the lamb from the bowl and reserve the marinade. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and boil for one full minute. Remove from heat and reserve.

3. Roll and tie the leg of lamb. Skewer the leg of lamb lengthwise and then center on the spit. Set the spit on the rotisserie and let the lamb rotate over indirect medium heat (180°C to 230°C), with the lid closed as much as possible, until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF for medium rare, about 1-1/2 hours, basting the lamb with the reserved marinade every 20 minutes. Turn off the rotisserie. Wearing barbecue mitts, carefully remove the spit from the rotisserie and transfer it to a cutting board. Remove the spit and let the lamb rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

4. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm the beans until heated through. Add the tomatoes, olives, oil, parsley, and vinegar and mix well. Taste for seasonings. Serve warm with the sliced lamb.