Southwest Glazed Rack of Lamb

Southwest Glazed Rack of Lamb
Staff Writer

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Here’s an award-winning lamb recipe from Rhett Blankenship, a 33-year veteran with the Dallas Fire-Rescue department. He won out against all competitors in the Tabasco Cook & Ladder Recipe competition, whose judges included Mario Batali.

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2
Servings
853
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2-3 serrano peppers, quartered lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 small tomato, quartered
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 1/4 Cup molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Tabasco habanero sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground clove
  • 1, 1/2-2 Pound French-cut rack of lamb (eight ribs total)
  • 1 Cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 Cups half-and-half
  • 2 Teaspoons Tabasco chipotle pepper sauce
  • 1/2 Cup quick grits
  • 1/2 Cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup finely crushed blue and yellow tortilla chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.


Set up a smoker with your favorite wood chips. Smoke the serrano peppers, tomato, and onion for 20 minutes. Remove from the smoker and let cool. Arrange the prosciutto in muffin tins to form 4 small cups and place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Keep the oven on.


In a small bowl, combine the molasses, cilantro flakes, mustard, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, habanero sauce, cinnamon, and clove. Mix well with a fork and set aside.


Cut the fat on top of lamb in a crisscross pattern. Put the lamb on a roasting rack and place in the oven until it has browned somewhat and the juices begin to run, about 15 minutes.


Remove from the oven and brush the molasses mixture over the top of the lamb; place back in the oven and reduce the temperature to 400 degrees. Do not overcook. Use a meat thermometer and adjust the oven temperature if necessary to ensure the lamb is served rare (125 degrees) to medium-rare (130 degrees). Remove from the oven and spoon excess juice over it.


Peel the skin off the tomato and purée with the serrano pepper and onion in a blender or food processor. Combine the purée, chicken broth, half-and-half, and chipotle sauce in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the grits and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until done. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese.


Spoon equal amounts of the grits in to the ham bowls and place on plates. Sprinkle tortilla chips over the top of the lamb and then slice between the ribs. Place 2 ribs on each plate. Drizzle a small amount of glaze on plate and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
35g
50%
Sugar
15g
17%
Saturated Fat
14g
58%
Cholesterol
280mg
93%
Carbohydrate, by difference
52g
40%
Protein
82g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
271µg
39%
Vitamin B-12
8µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
63µg
70%
Calcium, Ca
364mg
36%
Choline, total
31mg
7%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Fluoride, F
28µg
1%
Folate, total
51µg
13%
Iron, Fe
10mg
56%
Magnesium, Mg
88mg
28%
Niacin
20mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
1094mg
100%
Riboflavin
2mg
100%
Selenium, Se
17µg
31%
Sodium, Na
1645mg
100%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
353g
13%
Zinc, Zn
12mg
100%

Rack Of Lamb Shopping Tip

Look for meat that is bright red. Red meat turns paler as the hemoglobin within releases oxygen – a sign that the meat has been sitting too long at the butcher's counter.

Rack Of Lamb Cooking Tip

When browning meat, resist the urge to move the meat – you must allow a flavorful crust to form over high heat. Once it has formed, the meat should slide freely with the shake of a pan.