Ben Gazzara’s Leg of Lamb, Sicilian Style

Yum!  Garlic-y and herby-y and love-ly.  Easy too.

Forgot to take a photo of it when cooked, here it is marinating:


Recipe at the bottom of this post…  

Taryn of Retro Food for Modern Times asked me how my haggis pizza turned out on Burns Night, so here’s a pic:


The one I made last year was better because:

a) I made proper pizza dough that had to rise and all that, this time I used a “quick and easy pizza base recipe” and it was more like pastry.  Bah.

b) although the haggis froze fine, the whiskey sauce didn’t, so it was a bit of a weird texture.

So next year I will make again from scratch with proper pizza base – here’s the one I made last year.  It’s making me hungry just looking at it, honestly it was GOOD.

haggis pizza

I STILL have a big chunk of haggis to use up.  Haggis waffles?!

Ooh, just found this Birdseye Potato Waffles and Haggis – oh yum! 

Cue the theme song:

Arg.  I really want some Potato Waffles, and I keep adding them to my home delivery groceries order, then taking them off again as there is NO ROOM IN MY FREEZER.  Sigh.  I am not doing very well on the six week challenge to try and eat stuff from the frozen archives.  Must – try – harder…

Ben Gazzara’s Leg of Lamb, Sicilian Style

Leg of baby lamb

2 small cloves of garlic

Several sprigs of oregano (or dried oregano)

Lemon pieces

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Juice of one lemon

1/3 cup of olive oil

Make incisions in meat, insert slivers of garlic and sprigs of fresh oregano (or dried herb).  Rub outside with cut lemon, salt and pepper.

Put lamb in shallow pan.  Combine lemon juice with olive oil: pour over lamb.  Cover, Marinate several hour, turning several times.

Drain meat, reserving marinade.  Place meat, fat side up, on roasting pan.  Insert meat thermometer.  Roast in preheated 300 degree F oven [150 degrees C or gas mark 2] until oven thermometer registers 170 degrees F [76 C] .  Baste often with marinade.  Serve with green vegetable, wedges of olive-browned potatoes and watercress salad.  Serves 3.

If you don’t have a meat thermometer, there’s a good guide to cooking times for lamb here…or ask the butcher!


4 Responses to Ben Gazzara’s Leg of Lamb, Sicilian Style

  1. Greg 24 Mar, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    Ben Gazzara’s Lamb is one of Alex’s favorite preparations/meals. Probably on our menu for this coming Easter (Greek Orthodox Easter doesn’t come until May 1st this year). Highly recommended. Turns out Ben cooked often for James Dean (although Ben says he couldn’t stand the smell of eggplant cooking, lol).

    The haggis is just TOO adventuresome for my palette (although we have a Scot friend here who would LOVE your pizzas)… I just can’t go there.

    The most amusing part of your posting to me, were the potato waffles…not something that was ever on my radar. I watched the video with the exaggerated American hillbilly singing the praise of potato waffles and was baffled…”is this just something I missed out on?”…No, turns out it’s a British/Irish thing (I had to Google them), which makes the singing hillbilly even more hilarious! It appears they’ve recently crossed the pond and are becoming somewhat known….(even Martha Stewart is making them). But I’m not sure even Martha is putting haggis on them…

    Enjoyed the posting 🙂

    • Jenny 26 Mar, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

      Ha ha – this really made me laugh! I absolutely LOVE finding out that something we Brits have that is not known across the pond. Makes up for all the ingredients I find in American movie star recipes that I have never heard of! When I was a kid in the 1970s Bird’s Eye Potato Waffles were SUCH a big deal. The theme song for the advert was so catchy that for anyone of a certain age, I am sure that if potato waffles ever come up in conversation they will break out into an enthusiastic BIRD’S EYE POTATO WAFFLES, SO W’AWFULLY VERSATILE! I’m going to put something in the next post especially for you!

  2. Greg 26 Mar, 2016 at 11:14 pm #

    Hilarious! This calls for a socio-psychological experiment on my Brit neighbor here, Trudy. I’m going to casually slip “w-awfully versatile” into conversation and see if she starts singing! She’s a colorful orator…always amusing me with phrases like (when mad at her boyfriend), “…as useful as a chocolate kettle!” I’ll report back the results. 🙂

    • Jenny 28 Mar, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

      DO IT!! Cannot wait to hear what happens, she would have to be “of a certain age” though! JX

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