Lamb is one of the most popular ingredients in Roman cooking, and Antonio Ciminelli knows how to do it right. He uses lemon zest and orange on a roasted cut of this popular meat, giving it a silky slightly tart sauce.
What You Need
- Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange;
- 2 teaspoons chopped thyme;
- Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon;
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper;
- One 5-pound butterflied leg of lamb;
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for rubbing;
- 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter;
- ¼ cup dry white wine;
How To Make It
Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350°. Combine the thyme with the lemon zest and orange in a small bowl. In another small bowl, combine the lemon and orange juices.
Step 2 Set the lamb on a work surface, with the fat side down. After this, sprinkle ¼ cup of the citrus juice over it, season with pepper & salt, and sprinkle it with two-thirds of the zest mixture. Roll the meat up and tie it at intervals of 3-inch intervals with kitchen twine. Rub it with the remaining zest mixture and olive oil and season it with pepper and salt.
Step 3 Set the lamb in a medium roasting pan. Pour in a ¼ cup of water and the wine and roast it for about 30 minutes. After this, increase the oven temperature to 400°. Pour two tablespoons of the citrus juice over the lamb. Roast the lamb in the upper third of the oven for 45 minutes with an additional ¼ cup of water. Pour the citrus juice over the lamb and let it roast for 20 minutes longer.
Step 4 Transfer the meat to a carving board. After this, let it rest for 15 minutes. Scrape the juices from the pan into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Whisk in the butter and remove from the heat, 1 tablespoon at a time. Season the sauce with pepper and salt.
Step 5 Remove the twine from the meat. After this, carve it into thick slices, and serve it with the sauce.
As chef Criminelli notes, locals usually eat lamb with Frascati, a white wine, rather than a red.
The tied and seasoned cut of lamb can be refrigerated overnight before cooking. Bring it to room temperature before roasting.
The Cast Of Pulp Fiction: Where Are They Now?
Tim Roth as Pumpkin
Tim Roth was another actor who had already worked with Tarantino. He had been a cast member of Reservoir Dogs, like Harvey Keitel. In Pulp Fiction, he was cast as Pumpkin, a criminal who holds up the diner that the two main characters were taking a break and grabbing some breakfast in. In 1995, he also starred in an anthology movie that Tarantino had some work on.
Tim Roth – Now
After Pulp Fiction, Tim Roth kept getting work for the next few decades, starring in films like the remake of Planet of the Apes and Dark Water. In 2008, he would join the bumper crop of stars trying their hand at the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he starred in The Incredible Hulk, which was met with a lot of criticism. However, his next role would fare better. Roth would move on to the small screen, where he would stay for two years. He starred as the lead role in the Fox series, Lie to Me. After that was over, he moved back into the world of movies and most recently starred in The Song of Names.
Maria de Medeiros as Fabienne
Portuguese actress Maria de Medeiros definitely struck gold with her role as Fabienne in Pulp Fiction. It is certainly her most well-known role. She had worked with Uma Thurman in a previous movie, Henry and June, where she played the famous French novelist, Anais Nin. The role of Fabienne was a fun one and paired her with Bruce Willis. She played Butch’s girlfriend, and she really had a thing for blueberry pancakes.
Maria de Medeiros – Now
A decade later, Maria would star alongside her Pulp Fiction co-star Amanda Plummer in My Life Without Me. She would also go on to co-star in movies with Isabella Rossellini, and she had roles in many other foreign films. Along with acting, she has taken her turn at writing and directing and found some acclaim. She has also ventured into music and released multiple albums. In recent years, she continues to balance all three of her passions.
Eric Stoltz as Lance
Prior to this role, Eric Stoltz had been in a few big movies. He starred opposite Cher in Mask and had also played a role in Singles, an ensemble movie about a group of friends in an apartment building and their lives. However, this role was different from all of those. The role of Lance was small but important, and it was grittier than any of his previous big roles. The year after Pulp Fiction, he would also go on to co-star in Prophecy along with Amanda Plummer and Christopher Walken.
Eric Stoltz – Now
After the movie, Eric Stoltz went on to co-star in other big films, like Anaconda and The Butterfly Effect. Along with several movie credits, he also headed to the small screen and starred in shows like Mad About You, Hercules, and Chicago Hope, to name a few. In recent years, he has done a lot more work behind the camera as a director, even doing double duty on the hit show, Madam Secretary.
Bruce Willis as Butch Coolidge
Like Travolta, Bruce Willis’s career had begun to slow down, that is, until he went in for the role of Butch. The role was different from what he had been doing, and this was exactly what he needed. Previous to this, he had done a voice-over role for the baby in Look Who’s Talking Too, which also starred Travolta, but his acting career that had looked so promising was almost non-existent. Thus, playing a boxer who opts to go against his boss’s plans was a good way to relaunch his career.
Bruce Willis – Now
With this role, Bruce Willis definitely reignited his action career. This movie received rave reviews, and after completing it, the actor captured roles in classic films like The Fifth Element and Armageddon. He also revisited his character from Die Hard another five times. Bruce Willis also joined several other aging action stars in The Expendables 2. He also had one of the most memorable recurring cameos on the hit TV show Friends, after losing a bet with Matthew Perry. Other than that, he is also set to release two new movies – Hard Kill and Survive the Night.
Rosanna Arquette as Jody
Rosanna Arquette was a gradually rising star, having starred in films like Desperately Seeking Susan and Silverado. However, one of her biggest roles still to this date is the role of Jody in Pulp Fiction. The role had actually been auditioned for by Pam Grier. Though Tarantino was a big fan of Pam’s, he felt the role didn’t feel right (he would later cast Pam Grier as Jackie Brown), so the role went to Arquette.
Rosanna Arquette – Now
Arquette, who comes from a Hollywood family, took the role and continued from there. She co-starred in movies like Joe Dirt and Crash. She also reunited with a Pulp Fiction co-star Brice Willis in The Whole Nine Yards. Arquette has done bits in television shows and many, many films. Recently, like her co-star Amanda Plummer, she has finished a role in the new Netflix series, Ratched.
Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield
Though this role was written for Mr. Jackson, the part almost went to another actor. During the casting call for Pulp Fiction, Tarantino actually liked the efforts of Paul Calderon. The actor had already worked with several members of the cast, and he impressed the young director and his team. When Samuel L. Jackson heard this, he scheduled a second audition and nailed it, finally swaying Tarantino to go with his initial intention. This was a good choice because the role of Jules earned the movie another Oscar nomination.
Samuel L. Jackson – Now
From working with Tarantino again on the film, Jackie Brown, to his stint as the one-eyed leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Marvel movies, Nick Fury, Samuel L. Jackson has earned his place in Hollywood’s elite. He has filmed Snakes on a Plane, rebooted the classic sci-fi movie Robocop, and fought off enemies with the only purple lightsaber in the Star Wars prequels. Jackson also has several films ready to hit theaters, including The Last Full Measure and Spiral.
Harvey Keitel as Winston Wolfe
Harvey Keitel was one of Tarantino’s favorite actors growing up, so working with him was a dream. Luckily, when Tarantino started the casting process, he had already worked with Harvey on Reservoir Dogs. When he approached Harvey to play the role of Winston Wolfe, the fixer, Keitel was quick to accept. After all, the role had been specifically written for him, so how could he not take the part?
Harvey Keitel – Now
Like many of the actors who have worked with Tarantino, Harvey would return to work with him on the vampire movie collaboration with Robert Rodriguez, From Dusk Till Dawn. Keitel would also work with his fellow castmates on the movie Be Cool and make a little cameo in Tarantino’s WWII film, Inglourious Basterds. This character actor has managed to continuously have roles in other great films, such as The Grand Budapest Hotel. He hasn’t slowed down in recent years and even has a new drama about to hit the theaters called Fatima.
Amanda Plummer as Yolanda
Amanda Plummer came from a Hollywood family, with her father being Christopher Plummer and her mother being Tammy Grimes. She had already starred in several films, including The Fisher King and the dark comedy, So I Married an Axe Murderer. That role prepared her to be able to tackle the role of Yolanda. Also known as “Honey Bunny,” this partner-in-crime to Pumpkin was a nice role for the character actress.
Amanda Plummer – Now
After Pulp Fiction, Amanda Plummer would go on to star in movies like Prophecy and several independent films. It would take years for her to dip her toes back into the Hollywood mainstream in any major role, and that would be in one of the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise movies. She has also worked off-Broadway and done several cameos, along with working on several short films. She recently finished working on the upcoming Netflix series, Ratched, which stars Sarah Paulson as the infamous Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
Ving Rhames as Marsellus Wallace
Until he won the role of Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction, Ving Rhames had primarily done TV movies and short cameos in movies. Perhaps, his biggest role was Leroy in The People Under the Stairs. However, with the role of Marsellus, Ving Rhames set himself up for many more amazing roles in the future. This role would have gone to Sid Haig if Tarantino had his way, but once Tarantino saw Ving’s audition, he quickly realized that this actor was the one for the role.
Ving Rhames – Now
This pivotal role would give Ving the opportunity to nab roles in future blockbusters like Mission Impossible and Con Air. In fact, after this film, Ving’s career would have him starring in many great films, as well as taking several turns in the world of television. He would become a regular fixture in the Mission Impossible franchise, as well as the Death Race franchise. He has also been a producer on several projects and has recently announced he will be reprising his role in the next two Mission Impossible films.
Christopher Walken as Captain Koons
By the time this role had come around, Christopher Walken had already spent 40 years in the industry. He had appeared in movies like The Deer Hunter, Annie Hall, and Batman Returns. His career has been vast and varied, but the role of Captain Koons seems to be one of the ones everyone remembers him best by. His part was only in a small flashback sequence. But it was one of those scenes that just stuck with everyone.
Christopher Walken – Now
This role didn’t exactly propel him into a more illustrious career than he had before, but it certainly introduced Christopher Walken to a new generation of movie lovers. This would lead to him winning role after role in some stellar films. He would co-star in movies like Catch Me If You Can. Walken even fulfilled his lifelong dream of being in a musical when he joined his Pulp Fiction co-star John Travolta in Hairspray. He is still adding to his resume to this day, as his most recent film has him pairing up with Robert de Niro in The War with Grandpa.
Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace
Uma Thurman had appeared in movies like Dangerous Liaisons and Jennifer 8, but the studios pushed Tarantino for a more well-known face. Some of the options they threw out were Meg Ryan and Holly Hunter. However, Tarantino had his heart set on Thurman. He approached the young actress with the project, but Uma was not impressed at first and actually passed up the role. Not willing to take no for an answer, Tarantino called her and read her the script. After that, the role of Mia Wallace, wife to Marsellus the mobster, was taken.
Uma Thurman – Now
Uma Thurman went on to star in so many amazing films, ranging from action to comedy-drama. After working with Tarantino again on the Kill Bill films, she would also star in the Charlie’s Angels remake and even got back together with Travolta in Be Cool. She has diversified her portfolio by also doing some television, including a recurring role on the musical TV show Smash. Having just turned 50, it doesn’t look like she will be slowing down, as she has a role in Robert de Niro’s latest film, The War with Grandpa.
John Travolta as Vincent Vega
John Travolta had been starring in family films, and his career was beginning to stagnate when he received the call to play Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction. The role had originally been penned to be played by Michael Madsen, who had already worked with Tarantino on Reservoir Dogs. However, due to scheduling conflicts, he was unable to play the role. It was a good thing for Travolta because he got an Oscar nomination and a jump start to his career, as he went on to star in some major movies.
John Travolta – Now
Starring in Pulp Fiction didn’t keep Travolta from choosing some questionable films, like Battlefield Earth. He was no longer relegated to family movies and has starred in several action films since 1994. In recent years, he has continued to work and grow his family. He even returned to musicals with the amazing reboot of Hairspray, in which he played Edna. However, at the beginning of 2020, he and his family struggled with the loss of his long-time wife, Kelly Preston.