Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb

1 whole bone in leg of lamb with shank approx. 5.5 lbs

3 garlic cloves minced

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1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary

1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

3 tbs olive oil

3 tsp kosher salt plus more for garlic paste

2 tsp vegetable oil

2 lbs baby or regular Yukon gold potatoes cut into bite size pieces

1 tbs flour

1 leek sliced into 1 inch pieces

1 shallot minced

1 cup red wine

1 cup sherry wine

3 tbs butter cubed

Kosher salt and pepper

¼ cup pomegranate seeds

1  24 to 48 hours before roasting, sprinkle minced garlic with salt and mash with the back of a knife to form a paste. In a bowl combine garlic paste, rosemary, thyme and olive oil. Place the lamb on a rack over a sheet try. Rub garlic mixture over entire lamb, then sprinkle with kosher salt and place uncovered in the fridge

2  One hour before roasting, remove lamb from fridge and preheat oven to 425.

3  Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat and add vegetable oil. Sear lamb on all sides until a crust forms. Reserve rendered fat. Place in a roasting pan fitted with a rack and roast until medium rare, 125⁰ approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

4  Meanwhile, place potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water, bring to a boil and simmer until partially cooked. Drain potatoes, place back in pot and add flour. Cover and shake pot vigorously to fluff potatoes. Pour potatoes into a roasting pan and add leeks. Pour reserved fat into pan and add salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat. Roast 30-45 minutes until potatoes are golden, tossing once half way through.

5  When lamb is done, remove from pan and place on cutting board to rest for 15-20 minutes. Place roasting pan over medium heat and add shallot, sauté until translucent. Add wine and sherry and simmer for 2 minutes. Add butter, several cubes at a time and whisk in. Simmer for a few minutes more to reduce slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

6  Thinly slice lamb, place on plates and drizzle with sauce.  Serve with potatoes and leeks garnished with pomegranate seeds.