Grilled Lamb Sandwiches with Grilled Spring Onions with Sage Aioli and Sundried Tomato Tapenade

Grilled Lamb Sandwiches with Grilled Spring Onions with Sage Aioli and Sundried Tomato Tapenade
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Recipe Type: Entree
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds butterflied boned leg of lamb
  • 6 garlic cloves (finely sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons finely-chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon finely-chopped fresh rosemary
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 bunches spring onions, trimmed
  • 2 French bread baguettes, each cut crosswise into five 4" pieces
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
Sage Aioli
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Sun-Dried Tomato-Black Olive Tapanade
  • 3 ounces oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 5 ounces pitted Nicoise olives
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Using a sharp knife, cut ½-inch slits all over lamb. Insert garlic slices into slits. Brush the lamb with ¼ cup of the olive oil and sprinkle with herbs. Place in a baking dish, cover and let marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Preheat grill. Brush green onions with some of the remaining oil and and season with salt and pepper to taste. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until almost cooked through. Remove to a plate.
  3. Remove lamb from marinade and season with salt and pepper to taste. Grill the lamb until the thickest part registers 135 degrees for medium-rare, turning occasionally, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a platter and tent with foil. Let stand 10 minutes.
  4. Brush bread with some of the olive oil and grill, cut-side down for until lightly golden brown, about 1 minute.
  5. Chop onions. Cut lamb diagonally into thin slices. Serves with green onions, Sage Aioli and Sun-dried Tomato-Black Olive Tapanade.
  6. Sage Aioli: Puree garlic, oil and sage in a food processor until smooth. Add the mayonnaise and lemon juice and process until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Sun-dried Tomato-Black Olive Tapanade: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. This recipe yields 8 servings.
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