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Creole Herb Crusted Lamb

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This rack of lamb recipe is simply delicious. Beautifully coated with a flavourful herb crust and cooked to perfection, serve it at your next dinner party and impress your guests. When purchasing lamb, ask for lamb that has been grass-fed from birth to market. It is healthiest for you and delicious!

Serves 4 

INGREDIENTS
For the Lamb:
2 racks of lamb, cut in half with 3 bones per serving
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil(for browning)
4 to 5 garlic cloves
1 bouquet of thyme
2 tablespoons Creole  mustard*

For the Herb Crust:
3 cups Japanese Panko breadcrumbs
1 1/2 cup  fresh parsley, stems included
1 cup baby spinach
1/3 cup of mint (optional)
4 sprigs thyme (leaves only)
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black, pepper to taste
1/4 cup  Parmesan cheese, grated
Splash of  olive oil

DIRECTIONS:
Heat oven to 400°F.

Select a cast iron skillet.

Remove the fat cap if present. Cut each rack into 3-4 bones each (approximately one serving).  NOTE: Do not cut all the way to the meat. Season on all sides with salt and pepper.

Heat the skillet to very hot, add olive oil until it is shimmering.  Add a bouquet of thyme, cloves of garlic. Place the lamb in skillet and sear on all sides of meat  and using tongs sear the ends, to give it a nice dark color.

Once browned, place the racks skin-side-down in the skillet, and into the oven for 12 minutes.

Preparing the Crust: Place the panko  breadcrumbs, herbs, spinach and Parmesan cheese into a blender or a  food processor and pulse several times until you have a very fine  green crumb. Add a splash of the olive oil and continue pulsing for a few more seconds. NOTE: It will still look like dry crumbs, but when you pinch it, it should stick together well. Pour onto a plate.

When lamb has been in for 12 minutes, remove from oven and brush all sides with  mustard. Then press each rack into the crumb mixture, coating on all sides and pressing it to get an nice even coating. Shake off any excess. Dip several times to ensure an even coating. Allow meat to rest for a bit.

Place the racks (this time skin-side-up) in a baking dish.  Place back into the oven for another 8-10 minutes (longer if you want well-done), Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of each rack. NOTE: The chops may be cooked to 145 °F (medium rare),160 °F (medium), or 170 °F (well done).

Serve the lamb with potatoes boulangère and courgettes provençal, but you can serve with anything you find fitting to your taste.

Cook’s Notes:
You can substitute Dijon mustard for the Creole mustard, if desired.

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Lamb Chops Milanese

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Guasacaca

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Venezuelans have their own version of guacamole called guasacaca. It’s more of an avocado relish, and is made with vinegar instead of lime juice, and lots of garlic. It’s often served with fried plantain and yucca for dipping. There are many variations of guasacaca – some have tomato, some have hot chile peppers, and some are made with green peppers rather than avocado. Some people seem to prefer it as a salsa, with the ingredients chopped and mixed together, while others blend it until it’s very smooth. Serve guasacaca with tortilla chips, fried plantains, and especially with grilled steaks and chicken.

In this recipe, I like my guasacaca little chunky without the olive oil, served on the side, with grilled lamb chops. So Delicious!


Ingredients:

For the Guasacaca:
Makes About 2 1/2 cups
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
2 green peppers, seeded, deveined, roughly chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, deveined, roughly chopped
2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
2 cloves garlic
1/2 bunch fresh parsley
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
Kosher salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup olive oil

For the Lamb:
Lamb chops, excess fat trimmed
Kosher salt , to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Directions:

For the Guasacaca:
Place all the ingredients except the olive oil into a food processor and process until mostly smooth. Add the olive oil in a stream with the processor running and process until smooth. Let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour for the flavors to blend. Taste and adjust
seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.

Meanwhile, heat grill to high.Generously sprinkle lamb chops with salt and ground black pepper. Place on grill and cook to desired doneness, about 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare.

Serve the lamb with the gausascaca sauce at room temperature with lamb chops. Cover leftover sauce and store in the refrigerator. Always bring the guasacaca to room temperature before serving.

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