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Roast Rump of Lamb with English Peas and Chanterelles

posted: 06/30/10

Take Home Chef, Episode 76: Tara's Menu

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE LAMB SAUCE:

  • 2 tablespoons/30 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces/350 g lean lamb shoulder trimmings
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2/3 cup/150 ml dry red wine
  • 6 cups/800 ml lamb stock or water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE LAMB:

  • 1 tablespoon/15 ml olive oil
  • Four 8-ounce/225-g lamb rumps
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup/125 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons/about 5 g finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons/about 5 g finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

FOR THE PEAS AND CHANTERELLES:

  • 1 tablespoon/15 ml olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 9 ounces/250 g freshly shucked English peas (from about 2 pounds/900 g of pods)
  • 4 ounces/100 g fresh chanterelle mushrooms, halved if large
  • 1 tablespoon/15 g butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

TO MAKE LAMB SAUCE:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon/15 ml of oil in a large heavy based saut? pan over a high heat. Add the lamb trimmings and cook for about 5 minutes or until the lamb is brown all over.
  2. Remove the lamb from the pan and pour off the excess fat, if necessary. Return the lamb to the pan. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme and bay leaf and saut? for 1 minute.
  3. Add the red wine to the pan and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 4 minutes or until the wine is reduced to a glaze. Add the stock and simmer over a medium heat for 1 hour or until the broth has reduced to 3/4 cup/175 ml.
  4. Strain the sauce through a fine-meshed strainer and into a heavy-based small saucepan. Discard the solids. Whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon/15 ml of oil into the sauce to blend completely. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

TO PREPARE THE LAMB:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375?F/190?C. Heat the oil in an ovenproof, nonstick frying pan over a medium to high heat. Sprinkle the lamb rumps with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the lamb rumps to the hot pan and cook for 5 minutes or until they are brown on all sides but still raw in the center. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast the lamb rumps for about 12 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the rumps registers 140?F/60?C for medium to rare doneness.
  3. Meanwhile, boil the balsamic vinegar in a heavy-based small saucepan over a medium heat for 15 minutes or until it coats the bottom of the saucepan with a thick glaze when the pan is tilted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Remove the lamb from the oven and allow it to rest for 4 minutes. Toss the parsley and mint in a bowl to combine. Brush the top of the lamb rumps with the balsamic glaze, then press the glazed tops of the rumps into the parsley and mint, patting to coat. Reserve the juices from the lamb rumps that have accumulated in the pan while roasting.

MEANWHILE, TO PREPARE THE PEAS AND CHANTERELLES:

  1. Cook the peas in a saucepan of boiling water for 3 minutes or until they are bright green and crisp-tender. Drain the water and set the peas aside in a large bowl to cool slightly. Heat the oil in a heavy-based, medium-sized frying pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and saut? for 1 minute or until tender, but do not allow the garlic to brown. Add the peas and chanterelle mushrooms and saut? for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup/120 ml of the lamb sauce and 1/2 cup/120 ml of water.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly and the mushrooms are tender. Stir in the butter and cook until the butter melts. Season the pea and chanterelle mixture to taste with salt and pepper.

TO SERVE:

  1. Spoon the pea and chanterelle mixture into the center of 4 dinner plates. Cut the lamb rumps into thick slices and place them atop the pea and chanterelle mixture. Drizzle the lamb sauce and the reserved accumulated pan juices over the lamb slices and serve.
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