After visiting the Lavender Festival last month I’ve been anxious to cook with the culinary lavender that I bought there. Of course, one of the classic combinations is of lavender and lamb…a dish that brings thoughts of Provence and the French countryside…So I decided to bring back those memories and make a grilled leg of lamb with lavender, rosemary, mint and garlic-the perfect combination of flavors. It was so easy and delicious…there’s no reason not to make it! Just remember when cooking with lavender it is best to use the culinary variety as it has a sweeter and more fragrant flavor.
5- to 6-pound leg of lamb, boned, excess fat removed, and butterflied
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons dry or fresh lavender flowers, plus sprigs, for garnish
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Make 20 small incisions in the lamb in various places. Tuck a slice of garlic into each incision.
In a bowl, combine the lavender flowers, rosemary, mint, salt, pepper and olive oil. Rub the mixture over the lamb and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator.
Preheat a charcoal grill or broiler.
Place the lamb 4 inches from the coals on the grill or under the broiler. Cook until 1 side is golden, about 15 minutes. Turn the lamb and continue to cook until medium-rare, 130° to 135°F when tested with an instant-read thermometer, about 15 minutes.
Cover with foil and let rest for 10 minutes.
Slice the lamb into thin slices across the grain and place on a platter. I made also lavender greek yogurt cucumber sauce to go along with the lamb.
Garnish with the lavender sprigs before serving.
We served with grilled asparagus, broccoli and portobello mushroom.
To go with our lamb we made a lavender caipirinha!! It’s a great summer drink that went awesome with the lamb! It was also so easy and so delicious!!!
(all ingredient amounts to taste)
Place raspberries and condensed milk together and muddle.
Add ice, cachaca and lavender liquor.
Pour, drink, enjoy!!!!
Beijos e Tchau!