Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
4 HR
Yield
Serves : 8

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a saucepan, combine the butter, vadouvan, zest, rosemary, salt, pink peppercorns and black pepper. Cook over moderate heat until the butter is melted; let cool.

Step 2    

Rub the curry butter all over the lamb. Roll the boned portion of the lamb into a cylinder and tie it with butcher's twine at 3-inch intervals. Set the lamb on a rack in a roasting pan and let stand for 30 minutes.

Step 3    

Preheat the oven to 325°. Roast the lamb for about 2 1/2 hours, basting it every hour, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 130° for medium-rare meat. Transfer the lamb to a carving board and let rest for 15 minutes.

Step 4    

Pour the pan juices into a small saucepan and skim off the fat. Set the roasting pan over moderately high heat. When the drippings sizzle, add the water and bring to a boil, scraping up the browned bits. Add the deglazed drippings to the pan juices and keep hot. Carve the lamb into 1/2-inch-thick slices and serve with the curried jus.

Notes

Vadouvan is available from spicehouse.com.

Suggested Pairing

The compelling spiciness of a Rhône-style blend from California will go nicely with this aromatic lamb. Plus, the wine's juicy ripeness generally makes it ideal for big cuts of meat.

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