Cold slices of lamb are a fail-safe dinner party main. A tangy yogurt sauce laced with lime and cilantro takes it to the next level.

June 2019


Credit: Greg DuPree

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35 mins
3 hrs 55 mins
8 to 10


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  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Place garlic, shallot, oil, cumin seeds, 11/2 tablespoons kosher salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper in a mini food processor; process until mostly smooth, about 30 seconds. Rub spice paste all over lamb. Tie with kitchen twine, securing at 1-inch intervals to form a neat roast. Transfer to a wire rack set inside a large rimmed baking sheet.

  • Roast lamb in preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 135°F, 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Transfer lamb to a platter, and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, place yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeños, scallion, anchovies, remaining 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a mini food processor; process until smooth, about 45 seconds.

  • Remove kitchen twine from lamb; discard twine. Cut lamb into thin slices, and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with sauce and pita bread.

Suggested Pairing

Juicy, complex Côtes du Rhône.