Hi all! So I finally did IT the other day. I finally dusted off my running shoes and went for a run! I mean sure, maybe I got dressed for my run at 9am and anxiously dawdled around my apartment for a bit, postponing the much dreaded “exercise” for as long as I could. I was thinking of every excuse not to go through with this run. “Hm, my bathtub needs to be cleaned…RIGHT NOW. Then I have to load the dirty dish towels in the washer…RIGHT AFTER. Oh and then I should probably organize my closet RIGHT AWAY because I’ve been meaning to for weeks now…..” 4 hours later the run happened. 33 minutes later I was back in my home….baby steps, people. As suspected, I felt crappy and tired before and during the run, but fantastic after! I plan on going for another run this weekend and hope it doesn’t take me another half day to get myself motivated and moving around. We’ll see. :)
Anyway, today we have another rhubarb recipe…in sauce form! We’ve paired this rhubarb and sour cherry gastrique (a sweet and sour type sauce) with a tasty roasted rack of lamb and some simple fixins’ (parsnip mash….my current obsession, and sauteed broccolini….so simple and tasty). This sauce is also really great with roasted duck, if any of you are into that….I totally am! We’ve put together a full dinner for you all today; this Roasted Rack of Lamb & Rhubarb Sour Cherry Gastrique is great for a dinner party, a nice family dinner or even a lovely little date night! Enjoy!
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Roasted Rack of Lamb & Rhubard Cherry Gastrique
- 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 (1-1.5 lb) rack of lamb, cleaned and frenched
- 2 tablespoons Dijon or whole grain mustard
- ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, minced
- 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- salt and pepper to taste
Rhubarb and Sour Cherry Gastrique
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened an divided
- 1 shallot, minced
- ¼ cup thinly sliced rhubarb
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- ⅓ cup port wine
- 1 ½ tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 ½ tablespoons chopped dried sour cherries
- 1 star anise
- 1 bay leaf
- ⅓ cup chicken stock
- 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 small russet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
- 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream can replace with whole milk or 2% milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound broccolini, cut into 1 inch pieces and lightly blanched *dunked in boiling water,then transferred to an ice bath
- 2 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
For the lamb
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Place oil into a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Season rack on both sides with salt and pepper. Sear lamb (fat side down, first) for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and allow to rest, about 5 minutes. While the lamb rests place the panko, tarragon and melted butter into a small bowl and mix together. Brush the mustard over the lamb and top with a layer of the panko mixture, gently pressing to ensure the crust sticks to the lamb. Place lamb back into sauté pan, crust side up and roast for about 15 minutes [for medium-rare] and about 20 minutes [for medium]. Allow rack to rest for 5 to 7 minutes before slicing and serving.
For the Gastrique
- Melt ½ tablespoon butter in a small saucepan and sauté shallot over medium heat, about 2 minutes. Add rhubarb and continue to sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Stir in orange juice, vinegar, port, and sugar and simmer until the mixture has reduced by ⅓. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. Simmer until the mixture is just thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Discard the star anise and bay leaf. Stir in the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of butter and spoon over roasted lamb.
For the Parsnip Mash
- Place parsnip and potato chinks into a medium pot and fill with water. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Boil parsnips and potato for about 25 minutes or until fork tender then drain. When the mixture is still hot add the butter and begin mashing the mixture with a potato masher. As the mixture begins to breakdown, begin adding the cream or milk until fully incorporated. Generously season with salt and pepper. Fold in green onion, if using. Serve warm.
- For the broccolini
- Pour oil into a large sauté pan and place over medium-high heat. Add broccolini and sauté for about 4 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.
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Hey ladies! I’m so stoke to make this (wish I had a source of fresh duck breast to try one time in addition to the lamb, but looks like there’s only frozen whole or breast available in stores besides Chinese cooked duck). I’m wondering flavor wise if you think this will go with a white bean and kale stuffed sweet potato on the side.
I think that sounds great! Had you not included the kale and white beans, I would think the sweet potato might be a little too sweet next to the sauce, but that sounds tasty! :)
phenomenal! everything works in harmony together. my fiance’ has never been more impressed with a meal i’ve made. we paired the dish with K vineyards Ovide en cerise 2008. thank you, thank you, thank you!
Yay!! I’m so happy you both enjoyed the meal! I like impressing my boyfriend with this one too. :) I need to try the wine you guys had, sounds great!
i wouldn’t touch this with a barge poll.
Teri Lyn Fisher
Thanks for your opinion on a recipe you didn’t make.
It’s actually *pole (and long, slender object) not poll (to vote).
You’ve outdone yourself – again! This makes me so happy I do eat meat and can enjoy something this juice and gorgeous… I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks for creating such amazing food…
You are making me regret my challenge to myself to go veg/vegan/raw for 3 months. I’ll have to settle for the sides of parsnip mash & sauteed broccolini. Bookmarking this for my return to being an “any eater” in October. And congrats on the run! I love learning how foodies stay fit!
This looks fantastic…love fruits in savory dishes! Congratulations on your run! Now if only I could follow suit…sigh!
I’ve been telling myself that it’s time to go for a run since my 18th birthday ;-) Good job, you’ve done it!
This looks so tasty!
Diane, A Broad
Mmmm, this is definitely date-night worthy.
Healthy Living Val
Congrats on the run! The gastrique looks amazing and I love that you used star anise in it. I haven’t seen dried sour cherries around so will have to look for those.
They have them at trader joes! Dried bing cherries are a fine substitute!