Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Lamb Cutlets with Pomme Fondant

I love a good slow roasted lamb, or melt-in-your-mouth lamb curry; however lamb doesn't need to be that time consuming or laborious. The beauty of this dish lies in it's simplicity - there's only three things on the plate, each one absolutely delicious in it's own right, and utterly complementary with the other ingredients.

Top tip: Great on it's own, or use a little red wine to de-glaze the pan and use the juices as a sauce.

Serves 3


Rack of lamb - 6 cutlets
Thyme - 4 sprigs
Garlic - 4 cloves
Salted Butter - 30g

For the Pomme Fondant:

Large Floury Potatoes - 3
Chicken Stock - 300mls
Salted Butter - 30g
Garlic - 4 cloves

1. Wash and peel the potatoes, then using a small circular cutter (I used a cookie cutter!) approx 3cm in diameter carefully slice out cylinders from the potatoes. Each one should be equal, and about 4-5cm in length.

2. Heat the butter in a frying pan till just melted. Remove from the heat and roll each potato cylinder in the butter until coated. Stand each potato on it's end in an oven-proof dish and pour in the chicken stock, so the liquid surrounds the cylinders but doesn't cover them.

3. Peel 4 garlic cloves and crush using the side of a knife. Add to the chicken stock.

4. Place in a pre-heated oven at 250 degrees C for 45 minutes, turning over once, until golden brown.
A perfect pomme fondant is crispy on the outside and melts like butter on the inside.

5. 10 minutes before the pomme fondants are ready prepare your lamb. If you bought a rack of lamb ensure the exposed bones are thoroughly cleaned, by scraping excess gristle off each one with a sharp knife. Remove any excess fat. Cut the rack inbetween the bones into individual cutlets.

6. In a non-stick frying pan melt the butter, and add crushed garlic and thyme. Add the cutlets and fry on each side for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a oven-proof pan and place in the oven for 2-3 minutes. The timing depends on how you prefer the lamb to be cooked.

7. After removing the cutlets you can de-glaze the frying pan by pouring in a splash of red wine. Stir well, to infuse the wine with the lamb juices. Drain off the garlic and thyme, and pour the juices into a gravy boat.

8. Remove the lamb and potatoes from the oven and serve immediately.

Serve with my Caramelised Carrots and a quenelle of Mustard Mash Potato.

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