I’ve made an amazing discovery at Trader Joe’s. In the frozen case they sell rack of lamb for ten dollars and change. This will feed from two to four people and comes with a lovely spice and herb coating. All you have to do is thaw it, place it on a olive oiled baking sheet and place it in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes and voila. A stupendous dinner.
But you know me. Gotta go the extra mile. So I created a Mint Persillade to give it that extra fillip. And how easy is that? A persillade, is simply a fancy French word for a parsley and garlic sauce. Now with a food processor, I ask you, what could be easier? Whack the woody stems off a bunch of parsley, toss it in the processor with a clove of garlic, touch of sea salt and cracked pepper, a drizzle of oil and a tiny bit of red wine vinegar. Wow. Now, to go the extra mile, add a bunch of parsley to the mix. Yummy. You can use this in a couple ways, after you have reduced it to a fine puree, just coat the lamb chops and cook. OR. you can serve it raw as a condiment.
Actually, the way I cooked it was to coat the rack in four-seeded mustard, and serve the persillade on the side. It was so delicious we all swooned this Easter Sunday. And not too expensive either. Here’s the real recipe.
Rack of Lamb with a Mint Persillade
1 rack of lamb
1 tablespoon four seeded mustard
1 recipe persillade
1 bunch parsley, rinsed thoroughly and dried. woody stems discarded
1 bunch mint, rinsed thoroughly and dried, woody stems discarded
1 -2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Preheat the oven to 400. Place the lamb on an olive oiled backing sheet, meaty side UP. Coat the rack with mustard and bake 15 minutes. Cut it in half and see if it is just pink. If its too rare, put it back in the oven for just a few minutes.
Meanwhile, combine all persillade ingredients in the food processor and reduce to a puree. Place it in a little dish and serve alongside the lamb. Alternately, you can skip the mustard altogether, and coat the lamb with the persillade and roast. Yummy.