Rack of Lamb with Maple Roasted Pumpkin

by Tenina Holder

This is the complete family dinner...but you do have to hop across to another recipe for the Pea Puree which is just part of yet another recipe that appears in For Foods Sake, my first and still ever selling cookbook for all thermo mixers!! Add some duck fat smashed potatoes (in Keeping it Simple if you must know!!) and you have a Dinner Winner. Every time. Enjoy.

Need

  • Lamb
  • 1/2 rack of lamb per serving
  • 1 whole head garlic
  • 3-4 sprigs rosemary, foliage only
  • 1-2 lemons, finely grated zest plus juice
  • Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO as needed BUY
  • Pink salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • Handful fresh mint leaves
  • 1 batch Pea Puree Pea Puree
  • Maple Roasted Pumpkin
  • 1/2 butternut pumpkin, cut into small pieces
  • A little maple syrup
  • Pink salt flakes to taste

Do

1  

Place each rack of lamb into a large roasting dish with the garlic, rosemary, lemon zest and juice, Extra Virgin Olive oil and generous amounts of salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Rub all ingredients into the fat of lamb and cover and marinate for at least 3 hours, up to 24 hours.

2  

Preheat the oven to as hot as it will go without the grill function (220°C).

3  

Heat the roasting dish on a hotplate to a medium high temperature and render the fat from the lamb, browning the racks, turning the ends to brown and all sides. Allow about 8-10 minutes to do this. The garlic should be very fragrant and starting to brown as well.

4  

Cover and place into the hot oven and cook for approximately 15 minutes (depending on the size and number of lamb racks, this could be slightly less.)

5  

Remove from the oven, cover with foil and allow to rest 5 minutes or longer, before serving with puree and pumpkin. Drizzle all with a little of the pan juices and garnish with mint leaves.

6  

To prepare pumpkin, peel and cut and drizzle with EVOO, pure maple syrup and some salt. Roast in a hot oven for 20 minutes until tender and caramelised. Keep hot until service.

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