Many families have holiday food traditions like Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas cookies. Spring holidays also have food traditions, some avoid eating meat during Lent, for instance. The Passover Seder is another example. My family always had lamb for Easter supper.
I took a quick survey of everyone at Coffee by the Roast and discovered we all agreed on colored eggs and bunny-shaped treats for Easter traditions. We disagreed, though, about Easter supper. Half agreed with me that Easter meant lamb while the other half always had baked ham. Whichever you prefer, we have a recipe that uses coffee with it. Since the recipe with ham, red-eye gravy, is often used with leftovers. I’ll share that in a later post. Here’s my favorite recipe for Easter Lamb:
Roast Lamb with White Beans and Coffee
1 leg of lamb (approx 6 lbs)
1 large garlic clove, cut in small slivers
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp marjoram
freshly ground pepper
2 15 oz cans cannellini (white kidney) beans
½ onion, chopped
4 or 5 mushrooms, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Trim the lamb of excess fat and cut away the purple-stamped skin, if any. Insert garlic slivers into the meat near the bones. Place lamb in a shallow roasting pan, squeeze over the juice of a lemon and sprinkle with marjoram, salt and pepper.
Pour the coffee into the bottom of the pan and put into the oven for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375 degrees F and continue to roast for 12 minutes a pound. Count the time from the moment the meat went into the preheated oven.
Fifteen minutes before the meat is done, drain the beans and mix with the onion, mushrooms and celery. Stir in parsley. Remove the lamb temporarily to a platter and spread the bean mixture over the bottom of the roasting pan. Add hot water or broth to the beans if necessary, they must have a creamy consistency.
Return the lamb to the pan and put it back in the oven to finish cooking. When done, turn off the oven, crack open the door, and let the meat rest for 10 minutes and serve.
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