Thursday, June 14, 2012

Roasted Rack of Lamb with Chimichurri and Pan Fried Potatoes

When I was young, we weren't rich but my parents always took us to eat really good food on our birthdays. We got to go to the expensive restaurants in town and order whatever we wanted. And for four nights out of the year, we ate like royalty.
We were exposed to some amazing French, Italian, Thai, Japanese, and Mexican food that introduced us to new ingredients and flavors that our palettes have now come to love.

I forgot whose birthday it was but I must have been 10-12 and my brother around 8... we went to an Italian restaurant called Star Bene that was one of the best in town. I remember my mom ordered a lamb dish. I had never had lamb and asked her if I could try a bite (that's something else we did, we all shared what we ordered :) )
I swear if I wasn't sitting diagonally from her, I would've eaten her whole plate. When she looked over and saw my face with my eyes glazed over hypnotized over that new flavor, she merely shrugged her shoulders and said "it's okay I guess".
Lamb has that distinct flavor that you really can't  forget about.

So recently I was shopping in Trader Joes and saw that they had a rack of lamb and I thought it would be a great challenged to try and prepare a perfect lamb for the first time.
Seared crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside...mmmmmm....

First I boiled the potatoes in a pan to cook them through.
I heated up another large pan with olive oil and waited until the oil was HOT. Preheated the oven to 400 degrees, seasoned the lamb with salt and pepper then used tongs to sear all the sides. I placed the lamb in a roasting pan with a rack and baked it for 20 minutes.

While the lamb was cooking I put 1 cup of olive oil, half a bunch of parsley, handful of mint, handful of basil, salt, pepper, and 4 cloves of fresh garlic into a blender (if I had a food processor I would have used that) and pulsed it until it was well mixed.

By then the potatoes had boiled off the water and then I added a dash of olive oil to brown them that I think of it, I used a lot of olive oil.

Anyways, it was yummy and Austin liked it too :)

Till next time!