Wed, 30 June 2010
Rack of Lamb with Balsamic Reduction
Makes 4 main course servings or 8 appetizer servings
This is a delicious way to grill lamb racks. The balsamic reduction has an incredible sweet tanginess that offsets the earthiness of the dried herbs and brings out the flavor of the meat. Serve the racks cut into chops as an appetizer, or as a main course with rice, grilled asparagus, and a nice green salad.
4 racks of lamb, Frenched by your butcher
(trimmed to bare the ribs and remove the silverskin – lots of lamb is pre-packaged this way)
kosher salt to taste
2 Tbsp | 25 mL lemon juice
1/2 cup | 125 mL extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp | 25 mL Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp | 15 mL chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp | 2 mL freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, smashed or pushed through a garlic press
1 cup | 250 mL balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp | 25 mL Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp | 15 mL granulated garlic
1 Tbsp | 15 mL granulated onion
1/2 tsp | 2 mL cayenne
1/2 cup | 125 mL Mediterranean Dried Herb Rub (see recipe below)
1 Tbsp | 15 mL olive oil
sprigs of fresh mint, for garnish
One to two hours before you are going to cook the lamb racks, lightly season the lamb with salt. Combine the lemon juice, 1/2 cup | 50 mL oil, 2 Tbsp | 25 mL mustard, rosemary, pepper, and fresh garlic in a nonreactive baking dish or resealable plastic bag. Add the racks, turning them once or twice to ensure they are evenly exposed to the marinade.
While the lamb is marinating, pour the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook it, watching it carefully, until the vinegar has reduced to about 1/2 its
Prepare your grill for medium direct heat. Take the lamb out of the marinade, pat the racks dry with paper towels, and brush them with the remaining 2 Tbsp | 25 mL mustard. Combine the granulated garlic, onion, and cayenne in a small bowl and sprinkle the mixture lightly over the lamb racks. Coat the racks generously with the herb rub, patting it on with your hands so it sticks to the meat. Drizzle the olive oil over the rubbed racks and pat it into the rub.
Using cherry wood as a flavoring agent (optional), grill the racks for 4—5 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature at the thickest point is 135–140˚F | 57–60˚C. To serve, cut the racks into individual chops, arrange them on plates, and drizzle them with the balsamic reduction. Garnish the lamb with sprigs of fresh mint.
Mediterranean Dried Herb Rub
Makes enough to coat several racks of lamb or a whole leg of lamb or pork roast
These days, food lovers tend to shy away from dried herbs in favor of the fresh ones that are so
1 Tbsp | 15 mL dried (not powdered) oregano
1 Tbsp | 15 mL dried mint
1 Tbsp | 15 mL dried basil
1 Tbsp | 15 mL dried rosemary
1 tsp | 5 mL dried parsley
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together well.
Category:grilling -- posted at: 4:38pm PDT