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Juniper and Cedar Roasted Lamb with Button Mushrooms and Watercress

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 50 min.
Total: 1 hr. 20 min.
Smoky and piney, it's the pinnacle of rustic perfection.


  • 1 cedar oven roasting plank, soaked according to manufacturer’s directions
  • 3 lbs lamb boneless leg, trimmed, butterflied, pounded to even thickness, rolled, and tied
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbs dried juniper berries, ground
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cups button mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, coarsely ground
  • 1 bunch watercress, stems removed


  • Sprinkle lamb with salt, pepper, and ground juniper berries. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown meat on all sides. Place cedar plank (make sure it has been soaked) on baking sheet. Place meat on cedar plank and roast in 400F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or to desired degree of doneness.
  • Use meat thermometer to test lamb, 145F for medium-rare, 160F for medium, or 170F for well. Remove from oven, cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Internal temperature will rise approximately 10 degrees.
  • In a medium skillet, melt butter.
  • Saut shallots for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in mushrooms, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook additional 3 minutes until lightly browned. Slice and arrange lamb on plank or platter. Top with mushrooms and watercress.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 417
  Calories from Fat 277 (66%)
(47%)Total Fat 31g
(64%)Saturated Fat 13g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
(41%)Cholesterol 123mg
(10%)Sodium 245mg
(15%)Potassium 515mg
Total Carbohydrate 1g
(1%)Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(64%)Protein 32g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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