Crusted Lamb : Part 1

Ok, so I’ve got visitors tomorrow, and it’s going to be a moroccan stew and couscous in the tagine, but cooked outside of the tagine I wanted to do a crusted rack of lamb as i’d seen one done on a cookery show recently.

Couldn’t find a recipe was the kind of thing I was after though, a sort of haphazard sweet and savoury moroccan affair. Also, the recipe’s online don’t seem to agree on which order to sear, apply crust, and slow cook and if you can at any point refrigerate. So I took advice from Alison and Ian Mayor, it seemed wise.

My crust ingredients are…

Dry things for crustiness:

Almonds, Pine Nuts, Breadcrumbs, Black Pepper, Salt, Turmeric, Paprica, probably some other things that came to hand. I can’t remember.

Wet things for sticking the crustiness to the lamb:

Olive Oil, Mustard, Sun Dried Tomato Paste, Harissa.

I’ve hammered all that together, seared the lamb on both sides, but mostly the fat side then applied a paste made mostly of the wet things. Then poured the remainder of the dry things on top. This is what it looked like:

It’s now wrapped in clingfilm and waiting for tomorrow in the fridge. I’ll let you know how it goes.

My intention, is to serve it with slices of orange, samphire and balsamic. Not sure if that’s odd, but it’s what i’m going to do.

This post was originally written by Paul Thompson on our shared blog, Foody Finds.