Recently, I pulled out my small collection of Hollis community cookbooks and began turning the pages. It was like stepping back in time. These endearing books were created by Hollis community groups as fundraisers and sold at various festivals and Old Home Days celebrations. Each book is a collection of tried-and-true family favorites, potluck specialties, and social hour regulars. The recipes provide a peek into a place and a time like a culinary historical record. Ingredient lists, cooking instructions, and recipe themes all tell part of a larger story about the times in which the recipes were created and give a glimpse into the lives of the home cooks who filled the pages with their favorite recipes.
Source: Favorite Herbal Recipes of the Maple Hill Gardeners, 2000
Submitted by: Cay Gregg
Location: page 42
1(6lb) leg of lamb, butterflied
½ cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon rosemary (dried)
½ teaspoon ginger (dried)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Mix seasonings and spread over lamb. Marinade overnight in refrigerator. Broil for 15 minutes on each side. Makes it well done. Serves 6 to 8.
Cay Gregg was the wife of NH Governor Hugh Gregg and mother to NH Senator Judd Gregg. I met Cay shortly after I moved to Hollis. She always made time to sit with me and chat about my family and what I was up to. Cay was a lovely woman, and I feel privileged to have called her a friend. What a delight it was to discover some of her recipes in the pages of this cookbook. I will forever prepare my butterflied leg of lamb Cay’s way.
- I prepared this recipe using a 3 ½ pound butterflied leg of lamb and cut the marinade recipe in half to serve 4.
- To cook, I set my broiler on high and placed the lamb 5 inches below the flame/coil. I prefer my lamb a little pink and cooked “medium” rather than “well done”. I cooked the butterflied lamb for 10-15 minutes on each side. Test the temperature with an instant read thermometer. 145 degrees for medium.
- Let the lamb rest, covered with foil for 5 minutes before slicing.
- Serve with my mint vinaigrette if you like. I love it!