Catalonian Fire Roasted Lamb Rack

roasted rack of lamb with romesco sauce

Ingredients

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 shallots, sliced

8 garlic cloves, sliced

1 dry ancho chile, roasted, crushed

2 scallions, thinly sliced into rounds

1 small handful of cilantro leaves

Juice of 2-3 limes

1 tablespoon honey

3 racks of lamb, chine bone removed

Salt and pepper

1 recipe of Romesco Sauce

Romesco sauce

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 dry ancho chilies, roasted, crushed

1 fresh Serrano or jalepeno chile, cored, seeded, chopped

1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, diced

3 shallots, sliced

4 whole tomatoes, cut in half

1 cup tomato sauce

Large pinch of saffron threads

1 tablespoon cumin, toasted, crushed

1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted, crushed

A few basil and parsley leaves

3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Juice of 1 or 2 limes

Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

1. Prepare the marinade. Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet and add the shallots, garlic and ancho chile. Cook until barely golden. Remove from heat and add scallions, cilantro leaves, lime juice and honey.

2. Remove the whole ‘eye’ from the rack, reserving the rib bones, and place in a non-reactive roasting pan with the marinade. Refrigerate, covered, for up to 2 hours. Slice the rib bones into 7 or 8 evenly, dividing meat at the bones.

3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

4. Prepare the Romesco sauce: In a shallow roasting pan, combine olive oil, ancho and serano chilies, red bell pepper, shallots, garlic, tomato, tomato sauce, saffron, cumin, coriander, basil, and parsley. Roast for 40 minutes or until the tomatoes start to brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a food processor. Add the toasted almonds and lime juice. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Return half of the sauce to the roasting pan and toss in the rib bones. Loosely cover with foil. Cook for 1 hour or until meat is cooked. Remove the foil cover and cook for another 10 minutes or until meat is brown.

6. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

7. Scrape the marinade off the ‘eye’. Season with salt and pepper. Sear over high heat, in a large skillet, until all sides are well browned. Transfer to a shallow roasting pan and coat with the remaining sauce. Cook for about 10 minutes until medium rare. Allow to rest before slicing into 6 equal rounds.

Presentation

Place three overlapping rounds from the eye on each serving plate and arrange 3 rib bones next to the them. Serve immediately with Sautéed Baby Vegetables (see separate recipe).