SPRING LAMB RACK WITH CAPER + HERB CRUST

SPRING LAMB RACK WITH CAPER + HERB CRUST
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INGREDIENTS /

1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
2 French-trimmed 8-cutlet lamb racks
8 eschalots, halved

CAPER + HERB CRUST

2 tbsp salted capers, rinsed, drained
4 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/2 cup mint leaves
8 garlic cloves
2 tbsp olive oil
Finely grated zest + juice of 1 lemon
2/3 cup (100g) chopped peanuts

METHOD /

For the crust, place the capers, herbs, garlic, oil, lemon zest and juice and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper in a food processor and whiz for 1 minute or until very finely chopped. Add the peanuts and process until just combined. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Season lamb, then in 2 batches, cook, turning, for 1 minute each side or until browned. Rest for 15 minutes, then press crust onto each lamb rack.

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Place eschalot on a baking tray, drizzle with oil and place the lamb on top. Roast for 35 minutes for medium-rare or until cooked to your liking. Rest for 10 minutes.

Carve the lamb and serve with the roasted eschalot.

NOTES /

Serve with rhubarb compote if you can get your hands on it in a gourmet food store. It pairs amazingly well with this lamb recipe.