OPA!! My Big Fat Greek Wedding

First off, Thank you to EliotEats and Marina at Cowboy Country Vegetarian for becoming followers of my site!

February's featured movie at Food 'n Flix is My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Love this movie!

Deb over at Kahakai Kitchen is the host for the movie this month. See her announcement post HERE.

Toula's family takes a great interest in having her married. They are quite concerned that she has no prospects by the old age of 32. In the opening scene, Toula's father looks at her and says,

"You better get married soon. You starting to look...ooooold!" and shakes his head with despair.

There are many great lines and scenes from this movie. The bridge scene is amusing. She finally tells Ian about her family, you know…the scene when they are on the bridge and he’s trying to get her to talk about herself? She has 32 first cousins and everyone is in everyone else’s business (with total love, of course) and the women are expected to get married, have Greek babies and fed the family.

Then there is the party where Toula's family meets Ian. Aunt Voula finds out Ian doesn't eat meat and brings the party to a halt by loudly exclaiming, “Whatcha mean you don’t eat no meat?” Followed by, “I make you lamb.”

Ok, so guess what I was inspired to make?



1 lemon
2 tbsp. thyme (I used fresh thyme, just crush it up)
2 tbsp. oregano
2 tbsp. rosemary
1 tbsp. mustard
2 lbs. boneless lamb leg roast
3 garlic cloves, cut in slivers

This isn’t difficult. All the work is on the front end and then you pop it in the oven.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grate peel of lemon, removing the white pith, and place in a bowl. Next I used my food processor to slice the remainder of the lemon into thin pieces. Set those slices aside for now.

Add herbs and mustard to the bowl with lemon peel, Smoosh this around to make a paste.

With a pointed knife make small slits in lamb. Fill slits with paste and shove a piece of garlic clove in, this will keep the paste inside the meat.

Oil a large piece of parchment paper; place lamb on oiled paper.

Arrange lemon slices over lamb. Isn’t this pretty? I think it’s very pretty.

Fold paper over lamb and lemon slices. Over-wrap on a piece of ungreased parchment paper. THIS is where I wish I were ambidextrous. The lamb is moving on the oiled parchment and I am trying to hold it securely AND wrap with the other piece of parchment. I can feel the dog’s eyes locked on me and the Vulcan mind game as she projects

Drop it, drop it, DROP it DROP it

Ok, where was I? Right. Tie with kitchen string; place in roasting pan. Roast 1 1/2 hours.

Remove wrapping from lamb. Let it sit a few minutes before carving. I overcooked it. It was tender but we like it more rare than this...a bit of pink. Still good though.

I am participating in this month's Food'n Flix get-together. Check out the movie and food offerings at Deb's place in the beginning of March. If you'd like to participate, head over to Food 'N Flix.

Look how happy they are! They just had a plate of my lamb :-)



Marina said...

Thank you so much for you very warm welcome! I love to have recipes to cook whole meat for men in my house. This one sure goes in the book! Have a great weekend!

Rita said...

You recipe looks so good!;what a neat way to keep the moisture. That was a great movie.

Heather @girlichef.com said...

I love this movie, too! I'm still trying to decide what to make for it, though. I'm loving this lamb...that before pictures is SO pretty =) And yes, it sounds delicious!

Kim said...

I love this movie too. This is the perfect preparation for lamb...all the right flavors.

Le laquet said...

Fantastic movie - and of course did you know that her 'real-life' husband is in it too ...

Lamb is simply my favourite meat and this looks like a fantastic way to cook it - YUM!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

This has me licking my lips - this is exactly how I like to cook my lamb too.

I love that movie - haven't seen it for ages - must watch it again.

Sue xo

Deb in Hawaii said...

Your lamb looks delicious--perfect for the movie. Thanks for joining me in re-watching one of my favorite films for Food 'N Flix. ;-)

Rachel said...

That really was a great little movie. I've seen it three times and enjoyed it as much each time. Opa! Your lamb looks delicious.

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about lamb... This is very close to the first recipe I ever learned for lamb. The only compliment about my cooking that my dad ever gave me was that I could cook lamb anytime... That was saying a LOT. *Ü* I'll have to try this and see what differences if any! Great choice!

Pierce said...

Thanks all! I really enjoyed making this lamb and loved the movie.

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