Mar 25, 2011

Provençal Rotisserie Leg of LambRecipe by Jamie Purviance

Rating: 5 stars

2 Reviews

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • 0.75 oz fresh Italian parsley
  • 0.5 oz fresh rosemary
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 14 oz plum tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onions

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 1 boneless legs of lamb, each about 6 lb

Oil and Spices

  • 0.25 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 0.5 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • 0.5 cup black or green olives
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Wine / Beer / Spirits

  • 8 fl oz dry red wine


  • 2 cans cannellini beans (each 19 oz)

Special Equipment

  • butcher’s twine
  • instant-read thermometer
  • rotisserie



  • 4 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • ½ cup lightly packed fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • ½ cup lightly packed fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 boneless leg of lamb, about 6 pounds, trimmed of nearly all fat

  • 2 cans (each 19 ounces) cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 cup ½-inch-diced plum tomatoes
  • ½ cup thinly sliced black or green olives
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar


  1. In a food processor combine the marinade ingredients. Process until pureed; pour the marinade into a large bowl. Add the lamb to the marinade, turn to coat, cover, and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.

  2. Remove the lamb from the bowl and reserve the marinade. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and boil for one full minute. Remove from the heat and reserve. Roll and tie the leg of lamb with butcher's twine.

  3. Prepare the grill for rotisserie cooking over indirect heat. If your gas grill has one, turn on the infrared burner to low and set the outer burner control knobs to low heat. The temperature of the grill should be around 400°F (you may need to adjust the outer burners to medium heat).

  4. Carefully slide one pronged fork into the spit, with the tines facing inward, about 10 inches from the end of the spit. Secure the fork but do not tighten at this time. Slide the spit through the center of the roast and gently push the roast onto the fork tines so that they are deep inside the roast. Add the other pronged fork to the spit with the tines facing inward and slide down until they are firmly imbedded into the roast. Secure the fork, but do not completely tighten at this time. Wearing barbecue mitts, place the pointed end of the spit into the rotisserie motor. If necessary, adjust the roast so that it is centered on the spit and tighten the fork into place. Turn on the motor to begin the rotisserie.

  5. Grill the roast until the internal temperature reaches 145º, about 1½ hours, basting the lamb with the reserved marinade every 20 minutes. To check the temperature, turn off the rotisserie motor and insert a thermometer into the center of the roast. Wearing barbecue mitts, carefully remove the spit from the grill. Gently loosen the forks and slide the roast off the spit. Transfer to a cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest for about 20 minutes before carving (the temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees during this time).

  6. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm the beans until heated through. Add the tomatoes, olives, oil, parsley, and vinegar and mix well. Serve warm with the sliced lamb.

2 Reviews

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Rating: 5 stars

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Rating: 5 stars

Apr 29, 2016

John P

Great for dinner guests

Wonderful use of the rotisserie, salad made ahead of time allows for minimal time away from guests.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Apr 29, 2016

Paul B

Scrumptious!!! Favorite

Family favorite. We have used numerous lamb recipes over the years. This one continues to be our all time favorite. Since April 2003, this recipe has consistently been a winner for us.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

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