Heat 1 Tblsp of oil in a large
heavy saucepan. Generously salt and pepper the lamb. Sauté the
meat in 3 batches over moderately high heat until browned, about
5 minutes per batch. Transfer to a platter. Add 1 teaspoon of oil
to the pan and cook the onion over moderate heat until browned on
both sides, about 4 min. Transfer to the platter.
Rack of Lamb Hadlee with Red Currant Sauce
Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix together the mustard and orange juice. Mix together the bread crumbs and parsley. Add mustard sauce. Spread over top of each rack of lamb. Roast the racks for 10-15 min (rare to medium rare). Remove from oven, cover with foil and allow to stand for 5-10 min. Meanwhile, simmer all sauce ingredients in a pot for 15 minutes. Remove cloves and press the sauce through a sieve. Simmer 5 more min to reduce. Spoon a little on each plate and top with 4 chops. These are easily separated by carving between the ribs. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Serves 6. Serve with a big Pinot Noir or top red Burgundy, a good Bordeaux, California Cabernet, or California Merlot. Don't spend all that money on the meat and pair it with a wimpy, inexpensive wine. (Recipe courtesy of Pat Churchill of Wellington, New Zealand)
Lamb Chops with Tart Tomatoes and Crispy Vegetables
Immerse tomatoes in boiling water for 20 seconds. Run them under cold water. Remove from water. Remove skin and seeds. Cut in large pieces and set aside. Chop onions finely, brown 3 minutes in hot walnut oil; add thyme, bay leaf and chives, then the tomatoes. Cook rapidly, stirring often, until there is almost no liquid left. Add vinegar and cook over low heat 3-4 minutes until sauce-like consistency. Set aside. Prepare the crispy vegetables by dicing them finely and marinating in the vinaigrette for 3 minutes. Fry the lamb chops in a mixture of oil and butter for 3-4 minutes per side, to taste, or broil, rotating for even cooking. Spread the tomato sauce on serving plates and place the lamb chops on top; arrange the vegetables around them. Sprinkle with herbs. Serves 4. Serve with a richly flavored Bordeaux, a Cabernet, a big Pinot Noir, or better red Burgundy.
Lamb in Pita Pockets
Combine garlic, oil and lime juice. Marinate the lamb at least 3 hours in this mixture, refrigerated. Drain well and roast for about 20 minutes at 375 F or grill. Mix together the salsa ingredients. Warm the pita pockets. Carve the cooked lamb. Fill the pockets with the lamb, red pepper slices and lettuce. Top with the Citron Salsa. Serves 4. Serve with a fairly substantial red such as a Cabernet Sauvignon, a good Bordeaux, an Australian Shiraz, or a Rhone.
In a mixing bowl, combine lamb, onion, bread crumbs, cheese, rosemary, salt and pepper. Lightly rub your hands with olive oil and roll the lamb into one-inch balls. Thread three meatballs onto each skewer, alternating with two cubes of bread. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat with 1/2 c. olive oil. Arrange as many skewers as will comfortably fit across the bottom of the pan. Cook for a minute or two until brown and crisp, and turn to brown the other side. Repeat with remaining skewers and add more olive oil to the pan if needed. Serves 6 as an appetizer. Over rice, it would serve 3-4 as an entrée. Serve with a hearty red wine such as a full-throttle Barbera, a Cabernet, or a Rhone or Shiraz.
Deviled Rack of Lamb
Place oven rack on center level. Heat oven to 500 degrees F. Place the racks of lamb in a 14x12x2-inch roasting pan. Whisk together the oil, mustard, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Coat both sides of the racks with the mixture. Pat on a layer of bread or cracker crumbs. Roast 20 minutes for rare. Let stand 5 minutes before carving. Serves 6. Serve with a hearty red such as a robust Bordeaux, Cabernet, or Australian Shiraz. A run-of-the-mill California Merlot won't stand up to this dish, but a good one ($20+) will. Don't spend all that money on the meat and pair it with a wimpy, inexpensive wine.