Lamb with Olive Sauce

Lamb with Olive Sauce

Postrio's is a swank SF eatery. This recipe is from chef Anne Gingrass. The olive sauce in this lamb dish looks very interesting.

4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
4 shallots, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 c Madeira 2 cups red wine
1 small rosemary sprig
l medium tomato, diced
1 cup demi-glace *
1/2 cup pitted nicoise olives
Salt and black pepper

2 Lamb racks, 8 chops each **
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and black pepper
1 rosemary sprig, leaves only, chopped

* (or good quality lamb or beef broth)
** chine bones and fat removed

The sauce:

Saute the garlic, shallots lots and peppercorns in 1 tablespoon butter until lightly browned, Add the Madeira and red wine, rosemary and tomato. Simmer until reduced by two-thirds, leaving about 1 cup total.

Add the demi-glace and return to a boil. Whisk in remaining butter a little at a time until it is incorporated. If you wish a thicker, richer sauce, add more butter. Strain sauce through a fine strainer, then transfer to a blender. Add half the olives and puree until almost smooth. Roughly chop the remaining olives and add to the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place until serving time.

The lamb:

Rub racks well with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and rosemary. Let come to room temperature.

Heat a roasting pan or large saute pan until very hot. Add a few drops oil and sear the lamb racks in it on all sides until brown. Place the racks bone side down in the hot pan and transfer to a 400F oven. Roast to medium rare, or to desired doneness, 10 to 20 minutes.

Let lamb rest for 15 minutes, then slice into 8 chops per rack. Serve 4 chops to a plate (nap napped with a bit of sauce) with garlic mashed potatoes and lightly cooked vegetables of your choice. Makes 4 servings.

PER SERVING: 1,030 calories, 88 g protein, 8 g carbohydrates, 57 g fat (27 g saturated@), 328 mg cholesterol, 382 mg sodium, I g fiber.

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