There is something wonderful about a home that smells like a roast on a Sunday. In fact, any day of the week. I love cooking and having friends arrive over to a home that smells of nothing but delicious aromas that kiss your nose and pull you into the home.
I must confess sometimes I close my kitchen window just to let the smell fill the kitchen while I have my glass of wine and cheerfully cook on. Luckily I live in a city that has the most spectacular wine lands a stone throw away and i am fortunate enough to not only enjoy drinking the best but also to pair the best with my food for dinner parties. After all what is a great dinner party without world-class wine?
So here is a tasty and juicy lamb rack with roasted vegetables
- 1x free range rack of lamb about 850g
- 230g tenderstem broccoli
- 4 large carrots
- 4 baby beets or one small bunch
- 700g baby potatoes
- 2 large brown onion
- 1 garlic bulb
- 4 rosemary twigs
- olive oil
Preheat your oven to 220c
Get out your roasting pan that has high edges as you are going to roast all the veg except the broccoli together underneath your lamb rack.
Peel and chop your onions into quarters and put them into your roasting tray. Followed by your peeled carrots and then the beetroot, that can also be roughly chopped into bite-sized pieces. Put your baby potatoes in with the vegetables. Cut your garlic bulb through the middle and place the whole bulb in with the veg. once it has roasted you can just pop out the pieces, as they will be juicy and are easier to remove from the skin. Remove your rosemary from three of the twigs and mix it together with your veg. drizzle over a generous amount of olive oil and for this part, use your hands and mix everything together making sure every piece is covered in olive oil.
Take out your lamb rack. Salt and pepper your lamb rack and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil. You are going to render down the fat of the lamb rack. To render fat you require a low to medium heat, as you don't want the fat to burn, you want to achieve golden crispy fat. You want to hear the sizzle. Place your lamb rack in the pan fat side down. Make sure you watch your lamb, as you do not want the fat to burn or the meat to cook. Keep it fat side down for about 10 minutes or until evenly golden brown. You will see the oil in the pan increase as the fat renders down.
Once rendered place your lamb rack on top of your vegetables (fat side up) and sprinkle your lamb with remaining rosemary. Pop your roasting tray into the oven and turn down the heat to 180c. Let it roast away for 45minutes.
For the last 10 minutes you are going to blanch your tender stem broccoli. Boil the kettle and put your tender stems in a pot, over a medium heat. Add your boiling water. I let my broccoli cook for no more than 5 minutes, as I love the crunch and freshness of them. a fork must just be able to pierce them. Remove them off the heat.
Take your roast out of the oven. Your potatoes should be soft and your meat should be golden.
Let your lamb rack rest for a further 5 minutes before slicing. When you slice into the lamb it should be beautifully pink inside.
Serve the lamb cutlets on a bed of veg with a side of tender stem broccoli and a fantastic red wine.
For this meal I chose the Doolhof wine estate, lady in red 2008. A warm, rich Bordeaux-style wine
Tasting notes: Garnet red wine with an intense perfumed mélange of red and black fruits with cedar and oak undertones. On the palate, the fruit / oak balance is harmonious with soft, firm tannins, cassis and plum flavours producing a wine of excellent structure. The fruit lingers long on the palate. Its suited beautifully to red meats particularly lamb. You can get this amazing wine here