Berbere Crusted Rack of American Lamb
- 2 American lamb racks, frenched
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 Tbs fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- Berbere Crust1 Tbs Berbere
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp egg yolk, beaten
- 1/4 cup fine bread crumbs
- 1-2 Tbs dry red wine
- Berbere Sauce2 Tbs Berbere
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 Tbs dry red wine
- 2 Tbs cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- For the Rack of Lamb:Place olive oil, rosemary, and garlic in a re sealable bag, add the rack of lamb and seal. Refrigerate the bag for 8 hours, or overnight, making sure to turn the bag several times in order to achieve the maximum saturation.
- Remove the rack of lamb from the bag and discard the marinade, then place the rack of lamb in a dry, heavy, 12- inch pan and sauté over high heat until it is very hot. Reduce the temperature to medium-high and brown the lamb one rack at a time for 3 minutes per side.
- Transfer the rack of lamb to a large roasting pan, fat side up, then coat the fatty side with the Berbere paste. Roast the lamb for approximately 18-20 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the meat registers 135°F. Transfer the rack of lamb to a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- For the Berbere Crust:Preheat oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, mix the Berbere, Dijon mustard. egg yolk, and bread crumbs, then add enough red wine to make a paste. Refrigerate the paste until needed to prepare the crust.
- For the Berbere Sauce:In a small saucepan over low heat, dry toast the 2 Tbs of Berbere for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add the chicken stock and the red wine to the Berbere, then increase the heat and bring to a boil until it reduces to a sauce. Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk in the butter slowly until incorporated.
- To assemble and serve, carve the rack of lamb into individual chops, and then fan the chops out from the center. Place a small amount of the Berbere sauce around the plate.
Berbere is a spice mixture that can be found at specialty food stores. Ingredients usually include chile peppers, ginger, cloves, coriander, and allspice. It is a key ingredient in the cuisines of Ethiopia.
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