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- One 3 1/2-pound trimmed boneless leg of lamb roast with at least 1/8-inch layer of fat on one side, butterflied
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon mild honey, such as clover
- 3 tablespoons herbes de Provence
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon dry red wine
- 2 heads of garlic, separated into unpeeled cloves
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 Asian eggplants (about 12 ounces each), sliced crosswise 1 inch thick
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Spread the lamb out on a work surface, fat side down. Season with salt and pepper and rub 2 tablespoons of the honey on the lean side of the lamb. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the herbes de Provence. Loosely roll the lamb into a neat oval shape and stitch together by crisscrossing short skewers at the bottom of the roast. Transfer the lamb to a shallow roasting pan, fat side up, and season with salt and pepper. Rub the remaining 3 tablespoons of honey all over the roast and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of herbes de Provence.
- Add 1/2 cup of the red wine and 1/2 cup of water to the roasting pan. Roast the lamb in the upper third of the oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 145° for medium meat.
- Meanwhile, put the garlic cloves on a sheet of heavy-duty foil and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Wrap the garlic in the foil. Spread the eggplant slices on a large rimmed baking sheet and brush both sides generously with olive oil. Roast the eggplant and the garlic in the lower third of the oven for 45 to 50 minutes, until the eggplant is very tender and browned on the bottom and the garlic is very soft. Using a thin spatula, loosen the eggplant from the pan, then cover with foil and keep warm. Peel the garlic cloves.
- Transfer the lamb to a carving board and let rest for 10 minutes. Remove the skewers. Add the stock and the peeled garlic cloves to the pan juices. Set the pan over moderately high heat just until the juices are bubbling; scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Strain the juices through a coarse sieve set over a small saucepan; press to push the garlic through. Skim off the fat. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of red wine.
- Slice the lamb 1/3 inch thick and serve with the roasted garlic sauce and eggplant.
Roast lamb is a classic match with a Rhône red such as a Châteauneuf-du-Pape.