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California Roast Lamb

This recipe is very easy to make and requires little attention. It goes well with any rice dish, and it's perfect for just about any occasion.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 leg of lamb (4 to 5 pounds)
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 to 5 large fresh artichokes, quartered
  • 3 small lemons, halved, optional
  • Optional: Fresh oregano and thyme sprigs

Directions

  • Cut slits in lamb; insert garlic. Rub meat with salt, pepper and oregano. Roast at 400° for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; roast 1 hour more.
  • Skim off any fat in pan; pour tomato sauce, water and lemon juice over lamb. Place artichokes and, if desired, lemons around meat. Roast 1 hour longer or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. If desired, garnish with fresh herbs.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked lamb with 1 artichoke wedge: 152 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 365mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat.

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