Leg of Lamb Shawarma

Featured by Rancheria Cellars in the Gold Wine Club.
Leg of Lamb Shawarma


Impressive and delicious, the flavor of the meat is amazing on its own, yet stands out nicely when served with Tzatziki and other toppings.

Yield: 6 - 8
Prep Time: 8 Minutes
Cook Time: 55 Minutes


• 1/4 cup roasted garlic
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
• 2 lemons, zested and juiced
• 1 tsp sweet paprika
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1 tsp ground coriander
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• Kosher salt and black pepper
• 5 lbs leg of lamb, butterflied (ask butcher to do this)
• Grilled flatbread, for serving
• Tzatziki, for serving
• Sliced cucumbers, for serving


Squeeze the garlic cloves into a bowl and mash with a fork. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.

Lay the lamb on a work surface and make 1/2-inch-deep slits all over the meat. Transfer the lamb to a rimmed baking sheet and spread the spice paste all over, rubbing it into the meat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Light a grill. Bring the lamb to room temperature and season with salt and pepper. Grill the lamb fat side down over moderately high heat until charred, about 20 minutes. Turn the lamb and grill for about 20 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 130 degrees for medium meat. Transfer the lamb to a work surface to rest for about 15 minutes.

Carve the lamb into thin slices and serve it with grilled flatbread, dilled yogurt, and sliced cucumbers.

Recipe provided by Rancheria Cellars.

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