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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Rack of Lamb

And a fantastic recipe for a marinating paste!

Another roast lamb dish for this meat-hungry Australian. This time a small rack of lamb coated with a delicious mustardy, herby marinating paste courtesy of Stephanie Alexander, roasted until tender and juicy within, and crispy and crunchy without.
I found Stephanie's cooking times for an individual lamb rack portion to be way off, though. She recommended 15 minutes at 220C for a portion of 4 cutlets, and 20 minutes for a double rack (8 cutlets). However, after 20 minutes in my hot oven my 3 cutlet portion was still blue. Totally raw - not a cooked part anywhere! It took another 20 minutes, and my meat was still a little too rare for my liking; and I'm a girl who loves my meat rare! Hmmm.

But if her timings were off, her lamb marinade recipe was a winner. This is a really quick and easy recipe that would be very effective to dress up an otherwise plain piece of lamb. It's savoury, salty and silky smooth; and just thick enough to form a perfect crust on the lamb as it cooks. Highly recommended!
Read on for the recipe:

Marinating Paste for Lamb
This paste is sufficient for marinating a leg of lamb, a whole loin or 8 thick chops.

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
freshly ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients together and smear liberally over meat. Roast or grill as usual (if grilling, allow surface to sear and seal well before attempting to turn it). The paste will cook to a dark crust.


  • Looks like you cooked that lamb to perfection! Lovely and Pink!

    By Blogger Melissa, at 6/29/2005 09:39:00 pm  

  • i've never cooked lamb before.. but i feel as if i must after seeing that photo and the easy recipe! thanks!

    By Blogger Emily, at 6/30/2005 07:00:00 am  

  • Let me see...lamb recipe. Husband. Yep, he's going to want this one, too!

    And even though I don't eat it, and never ever ever will...that is one gorgeous piece of lamb, Niki!

    By Blogger Stephanie, at 6/30/2005 07:14:00 am  

  • Just found this site via the granola recipe - and then I saw this recipe - I love lamb. You've got great taste in films and books as well, Jeffrey Steingarten is my favourite food writer. Anyway just wanted to say great blog - keep it up.

    By Anonymous Ned Trifle, at 6/30/2005 10:26:00 pm  

  • Melissa - thanks! It was so tasty!

    Emily - Lamb is really easy to cook, if you think of it as similar to beef. The cooking techniques and times are interchangeable really, but the flavour is more intense with lamb. Good luck!

    Stephanie - oh yeah, I reckon Matt would love this one! It's so juicy and that crust is amazing!

    Ned - thanks so much for your compliments. I adore Steingarten, and wish he'd write some more. I read your comments about the granola recipe and I agree about breaking it up too much. I made that mistake with my second batch, and it's not in nice clumps like before, but a bit more like horse feed. Very tasty horse feed, though!

    By Blogger Niki, at 7/02/2005 06:46:00 pm  

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