Lamb Rack with a Pistachio Crumb

Lamb Rack with a Pistachio Crumb

Lamb Rack with a Pistachio Crumb – A quick and easy dish to make during the holidays. It is also quite a show stopper.

Lamb Rack with a Pistachio Crumb

I made this a few months ago but I couldn’t deal with the pictures. I could not stand them 🙁 but now I am over it and hopefully will update the pics when I can so I can do the dish justice.

A rack of lamb is basically the lamb loin with eight ribs attached and it’s unbelievably  tender. The rack can be cooked whole or sliced into individual lamb rib chops first by the butcher or yourself. For this recipe I seared the whole rack and then roasted it in the oven.

I have stuck with flavours that I love like mustard and the crumb is made with pistachios and herbs. You can however just sear it with a little oil and then cook in the oven with simple herbs and spices. 

When I am making a dinner for an occasion and I don’t have time to faff about, I always make a rack of lamb and get on with whatever else I need to do whilst it is cooking. To me they feel a little bit more luxurious then a lot of meals. 

Depending on the occasion, a rack of lamb goes well with number of side dishes. I like to have mine with roasted potatoes or dauphinoise. Other vegetables also work like green beans, squash, carrots etc etc. 

 

Lamb Rack with a Pistachio Crumb

Lamb Rack with a Pistachio Crumb - A quick and easy dish to make during the holidays. It is also quite a show stopper.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Rack

  • 1 Rack of Lamb french trimmed if possible
  • 1/2 tsp fresh Rosemary minced
  • 1/2 tsp fresh Thyme minced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard

Crumb

  • 80 grams Shelled Pistachios roasted and salted
  • 2 tbsp Dried Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp Butter melted
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic crushed
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4/180 degrees C. 

  2. Drizzle the lamb racks with olive oil and sprinkle generously with sea salt, black pepper,rosemary and thyme. 

  3. Sear all over in a hot pan for 4 - 5 minutes over high heat with a little extra oil.  Transfer lamb to a foil lined tray and set aside.

  4. To make the crumb - Put the pistachios, bread crumb, garlic, butter, oil, salt and pepper into a blender and blend until combined.

  5. Spread mustard on the larger side of each rack of lamb. pat on the pistachio mixture to the crumb. Bake in the preheated oven until the crust is golden and lamb is pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. 

  6. Roast for 25 minutes, until the crust is crisp. Remove from the oven and leave the lamb to rest for 10 minutes.

 

 

Chicken Tikka Skewers – Indian Takeaway Copycat

Chicken Tikka Skewers – Indian Takeaway Copycat

Flavourful and Juicy Chicken Tikka Skewers – Indian takeaway copycat. 

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Years ago, me and my friends used to go to Oasis in Blackburn when it was brand new I might add. I don’t know if they were good later on because I stopped going and also they shut down. I am unsure what is in its place  now. At the time, they used to make the best chicken tikka kebabs at that time and this reminds me of that. It is typical street food and I love it. Messy, delicious and irresistible. This is the kind of food that I think they do better up north served with lashings of garlic sauce.

The best thing about this dish is that if you serve it with wholemeal or lighter wraps, it is actually a very healthy meal. It is a quick and easy meal to make as long as you remember to pre soak your skewers first and oh marinade the chicken. A definite crowd pleaser this dish works whatever the weather. The smells alone means I get company in the kitchen all of a sudden. 

I prefer to use chicken thighs but honestly speaking they add a whole chunk of extra calories so I sometimes make it with breast instead. Thighs are definitely more succulent and juicy. 

This is a classic that is actually very very easy to make at home and it is made with typical ingredients that you will most likely have in your kitchen already. 

My hubby isn’t often home when I finish making blog food because I have to take photos during the day when it ti slight outside but he sometimes sticks his head around the door and grabs something. On the day I made these, he came and gobbled these and took some for his colleague..

Chicken Tikka Skewers - Indian Takeaway Copycat

Chicken Tikka Skewers - The recipe for a favourite Indian Takeaway

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Thighs (Roughly 500g) boneless, skinless cut into bitesize chunks

Marinade

  • 3 tbsp Greek Yoghurt
  • 1/2 Lime juice of
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 heaped tsp Ginger crushed
  • 3 tsp Gram Flour
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri or other Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • Salt to taste

Other

  • 1-2 tbsp Butter melted
  • 1/2 Lemon juice of
  • 4 Wraps
  • Salads, Chutneys and Sauces to serve
  • 4 Skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes

Instructions

  1. Marinade the chicken in all the marinade ingredients for a few hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat the grill to medium/high. Thread chicken onto the skewers. Place on wire rack over a tray and cook under the grill for 15 - 20 minutes. Baste regularly.

  3. Serve warm with sauces, salads, chutneys and in a hot wrap!

Recipe Notes

The gram flour is important because it helps the marinade stick to the chicken. This is something my mum always does and a tip I also remember reading many many years ago on a blog by a lady called Manisha. I can't remember her surname. 🙁 Please let me know if you know who I am talking about.

The marination time is not included in the times for this recipe.

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