Roasted Rack of Lamb

Ingredients

1/2 rack of lamb
salt and pepper to taste
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 oz leeks, julienne cut
2 tomatoes, cut in eighths
zest of 1/2 lemon, cut in eighths
10 black olives, pitted
1 tsp chopped parsley
Chine bone and trimmings from rack, chopped
1 tbsp oil
2 oz tomato paste
10 oz Mirepoix (carrot, celery, onion leeks, finely chopped)
1 clove garlic
thyme to taste
salt
peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup white wine

Method

  1. Season rack of lamb with salt, pepper and thyme. Roast in preheated 375°F oven until medium rare.
  2. Saute the garlic in a skillet of hot oil. Add leeks, tomatoes, lemon zest, salt and pepper and saute for 30 seconds. Add olives and parsley. Adjust seasonings.
  3. to make Lamb Sauce, roast lamb bones with a little oil in preheated 375°F oven for about 1 hour.
  4. Add tomato paste and mirepoix. Roast for 5 minutes and add 1-1/2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil.
  5. Add seasonings and spices. Cook about one hour. Reduce to about 1 cup
  6. Bring white wine to a boil and reduce to half. Add wine reduction to taste. Strain. Serve with lamb.
  7. Carve lamb at table. Serve both sauce and tomato saute separately.

Makes 2 servings.

Source: American Lamb Council

Spicy Lamb Shanks with Carrots, Chickpeas and Potatoes

Ingredients

4 lamb shanks (about 1 pound each)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 large leek (white and pale green parts only), well rinsed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
4 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
four 3-inch-long strips of lemon zest, removed from a large lemon with a vegetable peeler
4 large sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
5 cups reduced-sodium beef broth, or as needed
3 small Yukon Gold potatoes (about 14 ounces total), scrubbed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
5 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
one 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
2 green onions (white and green parts), thinly sliced on the diagonal
1/2 cup very coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
warm naan, for serving
plain low-fat yogurt for serving

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven or other wide heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, then add the lamb shanks and cook, turning occasionally,for about 10 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add the onions and leeks to the Dutch oven and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Add the garlic, curry powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, thyme, and bay leaf and stir for about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Stir in the vinegar and cook, stirring to scrape up the browned bits, for about 3 minutes, or until reduced by half.
  5. Return the lamb shanks and their juices to the Dutch oven. Add enough broth to nearly cover the shanks, bring to a simmer, and cover.
  6. Transfer the pot to the oven and bake for about 2 hours, or until the meat is just tender.
  7. Return the Dutch oven to medium-low heat on the stovetop. Add the potatoes and carrots and season lightly with salt. Cook at a gentle simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are nearly tender and the liquid has reduced slightly.
  8. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, carefully transfer the lamb shanks to a plate (try to keep them intact) and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Discard the thyme stems and bay leaf.
  9. Stir the chickpeas into the braising liquid and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.
  10. Stir in the green onions and half of the cilantro and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  11. Return the lamb shanks and their juices to the pot and simmer for 5 minutes to reheat the shanks.
  12. Divide the lamb shanks and braising mixture among four wide shallow bowls. Sprinkle with the remaining cilantro. Serve hot, with naan and yogurt on the side.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Curtis Stone – What’s for Dinner?

Moroccan-style Stuffed Leg of Lamb

Ingredients

1.5 kg leg of lamb, boned
2 garlic cloves, crushed
40 g butter
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp apricot jam
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Stuffing

1 green chili, seeded
2 shallots
1 garlic clove
1 bunch fresh coriander
sprig of fresh parsley
25 g butter
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup cooked long grain rice
2 tbsp pine nuts

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF.
  2. To make the stuffing, finely chop the chili, shallots, garlic and herbs in a food processor.
  3. Fry the shallot, chili and herb mixture gently in the butter for 2-3 minutes to soften the shallots. Stir in the spices.
  4. Place the cooked rice in a bowl, add the pine nuts and then stir in the rest of the stuffing ingredients from the pan. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Season the meat on both sides and rub the outside with the crushed garlic and putter. Place the meat, skin side down, on a work surface and spread the stuffing evenly over it. Roll the meat around the stuffing, secure the roll with a skewer and tie with cooking string at even intervals along the roll.
  6. Place the meat in a roasting tin and cook in the oven for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 180ºC/350ºF and continue to roast for a further 1-2 hours. Baste the meat during the cooking process. Remove the meat from the roasting tin.
  7. To make the sauce, pour away the excess fat from the roasting tin and add the stock. Heat gently, stirring all the time, to deglaze the tin. Blend the cornstarch with 2 tbsp water and add to the roasting tin with the apricot jam. Gradually bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Strain the thickened sauce into a serving jug and serve with the stuffed leg of lamb.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Best of Morocco

Italian-style Grilled Lamb with Sun-dried Tomatoes Served with Pasta

Ingredients

1 rack of lamb
1 lamb shank
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
pinch of oregano
pinch of rosemary
1 Tbsp sliced fresh basil

Sun‑dried Tomato Purée

1/2 cup sun‑dried tomatoes
1 Tbsp olive oil
pinch of salt and pepper

Pasta

250 g fettuccine
3/4 cup snow peas
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup diced tomato
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 Tbsp chopped garlic
1 Tbsp butter
salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Rub salt, pepper and oregano on lamb shank. Roast in a covered dish for 1 hour or until meat is loose and tender.
  3. Pull meat off bone and shred into a frying pan. Save all drippings and add to meat. Set aside.
  4. Cut lamb rack into chops, removing all fat. Season with salt and pepper, oregano, rosemary and fresh basil.
  5. Grill lamb chops or broil in oven at high heat until desired doneness.
  6. To make the Sun‑dried Tomato Purée, process all ingredients in a blender. Remove and set aside.
  7. Add tomato purée, red onions, tomato, garlic, butter, white wine and cream to shredded lamb meat in the frying pan. Simmer until vegetables are cooked and sauce starts to thicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Cook fettuccine and add to sauce.
  9. Serve the lamb chops and lamb shank with the pasta.

Makes 3 to 4 servings.

Source: ciao! magazine

Moroccan-style Roasted Rack of Lamb

Ingredients

1 large rack of lamb
sea salt and black pepper
4 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter

Spiced Onion and Olive Sauce

2 tbsp olive oil
10 pearl onions, peeled and thinly sliced
12 black olives, pitted and thinly sliced
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
1/2 tsp ras el hanout (Moroccan spice mix)
4 tsp harissa paste
few cilantro stalks
few parsley stalks
1 rounded tbsp honey
1 cup lamb or beef stock

Method

  1. First, prepare the sauce. Heat the olive oil in pan until hot and add the onions with some seasoning. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 6 to 8 minutes until they are soft.
  2. Tip in the olives and sherry vinegar and increase the heat slightly. Let bubble until the pan is quite dry.
  3. Stir in the ras el hanout and harissa paste and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the herb stalks, honey, and lamb stock. Give the mixture a stir and boil for 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Discard the herb stalks.
  5. To cook the rack of lamb, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  6. Heat the olive oil in an ovenproof pan until hot. Season the rack and pan-fry skin side down for 2 minutes until browned.
  7. Turn and sear the other side for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the butter and, as it melts and foams, spoon it over the lamb. Turn the lamb around, so that the skin is facing upward and put the pan into the oven. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the rack. The meat should be slightly springy when pressed and a skewer inserted into the thickest part should feel lust warm, indicating it is cooked medium rare.
  9. Cover with foil and rest for 5 minutes while you reheat the sauce. Cut rack into chops and serve the chops with the sauce and couscous.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Gordon Ramsay’s Maze