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LAMB, SPRING ONION, ZHUG & SOUR CREAM

4 hours, plus 6 hours Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

Sous Vide Rack of Lamb

  • 2 racks of lamb

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil

  • 1/2 bunch of rosemary

  • 25g of butter

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

Sour Cream

  • 120g of sour cream

Brine

  • 70g of table salt

  • 1/4 tsp white peppercorns

  • 1/4 tsp coriander seeds

  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds

  • 3 sprigs of thyme

  • 1 bay leaf

Zhug

  • 1 bunch of coriander, leaves picked

  • 1/2 bunch of parsley, leaves picked

  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely diced

  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, finely crushed

  • 1 cardamom pod, finely crushed

  • 2 cloves, finely crushed

  • 1/2 tsp honey

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 50ml of olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp table salt

Sous Vide Griddled Spring Onions

  • 2 bunches of spring onions, roots left on, washed

  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

  • 1/4 bunch of thyme

METHOD

  1. To begin make the brine for the lamb, place all the ingredients in a saucepan, add 500ml warm water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 2 minutes then remove from the heat and add 500ml cold water. Allow to cool completely before using

  2. Meanwhile, place the sour cream in a sieve lined with a muslin and place over a bowl. Leave to strain in the fridge for 6 hours or overnight.

  3. Fully submerge the lamb racks in the brine and place in the fridge for 6 hours or overnight

  4. After this time, scrape the strained sour cream out of the muslin into a new bowl and whisk until smooth. Place in a piping bag and refrigerate

  5. ​Preheat a water bath to 55°C

  6. When ready to cook the lamb, rinse the racks well and pat dry. Season well, place in 2 large vacuum bags and add some oil and rosemary to each one. Seal with a bar sealer and cook in the water bath for 3 hours

  7. While the lamb is cooking, make the zhug. Place all the ingredients in a blender jug with 2 tbsp of water and blend until a chunky paste is formed. Season to taste

  8. When ready, remove the lamb from the water bath and increase the temperature to 90°C (to cook the spring onions)

  9. To prepare the spring onions, place in a sous vide bag with the olive oil and thyme and season well. Seal with a bar sealer and place in the water bath for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a chargrill pan until almost smoking for when the spring onions are ready

  10. To brown the lamb, place the butter in a frying pan over a high heat. When foaming, add the lamb racks fat-side down and cook until golden, for approximately 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and keep in a warm place to rest for 5 minutes

  11. Pour any cooking juices from the sous vide bag in the pan and reduce to a glaze

  12. Remove the spring onions from the bag and quickly brown in the chargrill pan

  13. To serve, carve the lamb racks into 12 pieces. Divide the spring onions between the plates, add 3 lamb pieces to each plate and drizzle the pan juices over the lamb. Pipe the sour cream on the plate, spoon over some zhug and serve