Morrocan Crusted Lamb Racks with Grilled Apricots
Recipe Christine Cushing
TVFN, Cooking Live, Show #CL9579: Canadian Week: Cook Along Canadian Style
2 lamb racks, chine bone removed, trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon whole cumin seed, crushed
2 teaspoons whole coriander seed, crushed
1 small chile, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground cardamom
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Salt, to taste
Olive oil, to taste
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
In a food processor, combine all ingredients for rub and pulse until
blended. Rub over both racks generously. Season with salt.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large skillet, heat 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil on high. Sear
racks on all sides until well browned, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Transfer lamb to roasting pan and continue to cook in oven at 375
degrees for about 17 to 20 more minutes or until medium (internal
temperature of 140 to 145 degrees).
Combine molasses with chopped mint in a medium bowl. When racks are
cooked, remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes covered with foil
before slicing. Slice and dip exposed sides with mint mixture.
*Yogurt sauce, optional:
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons fresh chopped mint
1/2 teaspoon toasted, ground cumin seeds
1 lime, grated zest
Pinch ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir, cover and chill until
ready to serve.
*Serve the lamb with grilled apricots and drizzled with yogurt sauce,
Prep: When buying lamb rack make sure they are "Frenched " ask the
butcher to remove the chine bone. That will allow you to cut through
the chops very easily. The pomegranate molasses is a tangy syrup that
is available at any Middle Eastern specialty shop.
The yogurt sauce keeps very well covered in the refrigerator for several days.
Options: You can sear the apricots in a pan if you don't have access
to a grill. You simply want to caramelize some of the sugar for a
golden crust. The yogurt sauce is also an option that is delicious
drizzled over some fresh fruit.
Yield: 4 servings