Roast Leg of Goat with Mint Sauce

  2-3 garlic cloves
7 to 8-lb. leg of goat
Extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Peel and slice 2-3 garlic cloves. Make small incisions all over a 7 to 8-lb. leg of goat with the tip of a paring knife, inserting a piece of sliced garlic in each slit as you go. Rub goat with a handful of extra-virgin olive oil, some coarse salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
2. Put goat in a heavy roasting pan, meatier side up, and roast in oven for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and continue roasting until internal temperature reads 130 degrees for medium-rare, about 30-40 minutes more.
  For a smaller leg of goat, reduce cooking time, checking internal temperature with a meat thermometer.

Fresh Mint Sauce

  2 1/4 cups fresh mint leaves
1 heaping tbsp. sugar
2 pinches of salt
1/4 cup boiling water
1 cup white vinegar

1. Finely chop mint leaves, then put into a medium-size heatproof bowl.
2. Add sugar and salt, then pour boiling water over mint, stirring until sugar and salt dissolve. Set aside to cool.
3. Add white vinegar, cover, and set aside for 1 hour.



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