Rack Of Lamb With Spicy Fennel RubFoodista
3 tablespoons fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
1 dried red chile peppers
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns (black or multi-colored)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon sea salt (divided in two)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 rack of lamb
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1Heat a small skillet over medium heat for one minute, then toss if fennel seeds, cumin seeds and whole chili pepper. Toast until fragrant, about two minutes, agitating every 15 seconds. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
2Put toasted spices into a spice grinder, then add cardamom, peppercorns and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Pulse until you have a fine powder, about 30 seconds.
3Pour ground spices into a small bowl and add heavy cream. Mix until you have a paste. Set aside.
4Make sure your rack is trimmed of all fat and split it in half so that you have equal ribs in each half. Rub all over with olive oil, then finish up with a rub of the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper.
5Preheat oven to 450°F.
6Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat and sear all sides of the rack, about two minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set in a 9×9 pan. Let sit until cool enough to touch.
7Stir the spice paste, which will have thickened up a bit. It should be a spreadable consistency – if it’s too thick, add another tablespoon of heavy cream.
8Spread the spice paste over the meaty parts of the rack and into the cuts between the cutlets. Arrange the racks so that the ribs intertwine, forming an arc like the image above.
9Place pan into oven and roast until internal temperature of the roast is 130°F, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes.
10Slice ribs apart and serve.