Dolly's Lamb Rub And Paste
Dolly the lamb (July 5, 1996 to February 14, 2003) was the first cloned mammal. She was produced by Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and other scientists at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh, Scotland. Wilmut said "Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell and we couldn't think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton's". So naturally I have to name my lamb rub after them.
Rosemary and garlic are the classic seasonings for lamb and mutton, with good reason. Forget the mint jelly, please. Now if you want to chop up a bit of fresh mint, go for it. But remember lamb is very much like beef, a hearty red meat. You wouldn't put mint jelly on a roast beef would you?
Makes. Enough for a 6 pound shoulder or leg of lamb
Takes. About 10 minutes to prepare
2 tablespoon dried rosemary leaves, broken or crushed a bit by hand
1 tablespoon whole mustard seeds
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground bay leaves
10 cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed, or minced
6 tablespoons olive oil
About the bay leaves. These are usually sold whole, so you'll need to grind them yourself in a spice grinder, blender, food processor, or coffee grinder.
Mix everything together in a bowl and let it rest at room temp for about an hour so the oil can extract the flavors from the herbs and spices. Dry brine a leg of lamb, rack of lamb, or lamb shoulder a few hours before cooking time, overnight is better. You want the salt to have a chance to soak in and it won't dissolve well in the presence of the oil-based paste. Then coat the lamb with the paste and you can cook right away.