Preparation time: 1 hr

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 2 x 4-bone racks of lamb
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fleur de sel and freshly ground pepper
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  • Tarragon
  • 80g breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg white

Preparing the meat

– Ask your butcher to “French trim” the racks of lamb, ensuring that the rib bones are scraped clean. Season with salt and pepper.

-In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil and place the racks fat side down in the pan and sear. Repeat on the other side.

For the herb crust

-Finely chop the parsley, tarragon and garlic.

-Transfer the ingredients into a bowl, add the egg white and mix into a paste.

Cooking the lamb

-Place the lamb chops upright in an oven dish and roast in the oven at 200°C for 15 minutes. Set aside.

-Pack over the herb crust on the fatty side of the cooked lamb.

-Return to the oven to roast for a further 15 minutes at 180°

To serve:

-Place the lamb on a flat serving dish.

-Sprinkle with fleur de sel and freshly ground pepper and drizzle with olive oil.

Top Tips from the Chef

For a totally different flavour, replace the herb and breadcrumb crust with a spicy glaze.  Reduce a small quantity of veal stock in a pan and add a slice of butter. Add cardamom, Chinese 5 spice and anise. Mix well and coat the cooked racks of lamb with a brush. Caramelise with a blowtorch until golden brown.

FOOD AND WINE PAIRING
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Tender and succulent, the sweetness of the lamb and a rounded Merlot like Château Reysson, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc, is a match made in heaven.
Tender and succulent, the sweetness of the lamb and a rounded Merlot like Château Reysson, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc, is a match made in heaven.
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