Valentine’s Feast For Two!
Didn’t make a Valentine’s dinner reservation this year or want to really impress your Valentine with a fancy feast? You can make a 5 star dinner without breaking the bank and with little cooking skills. Here’s my top secret recipe on my Horseradish mashed potatoes and Herb crusted lamb!
Chopped fresh Rosemary
Butter, Salt and pepper
Boil the potatoes as you normally would. Skin on or off according to preference.
Drain the potatoes just when they begin to get soft and crumbly. Add butter to taste and mash with potato masher.
Add prepared horseradish and chopped Rosemary to taste.
Add a little milk if the potatoes are too stiff. (Be careful, too much milk will make the potatoes heavy and pasty.
Garnish with Rosemary sprigs.
Herb Crusted Lamb:
Coated with a simple herb crust, rack of lamb makes a dramatic presentation, especially when cut into double chops for serving. When placing the racks in the roasting pan, set them so the bones are crossed at the top.
2 racks of lamb ribs
1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
1 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary
2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
2 Tbs. olive oil
Season the racks of lamb with salt and pepper. Let them stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
In a seperate bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, parsley, mint, rosemary, salt and pepper.
Preheat an oven to 375°F.
Brush the meaty side of each lamb rack with 1 Tbs. mustard. Pack the bread crumb mixture onto the lamb
In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil until just smoking. Add the lamb racks, bread-crumb side down, and brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Place the racks, bread-crumb side up, in a pan transfer to the oven and roast until the crust is nicely browned. Take an instant-read thermometer and insert into the thickest part of the meat, away from the bone.
Make sure the meat registers 130°F for medium-rare, 20 to 25 minutes, or until done to your liking.
Transfer the lamb to a carving board and let rest for 15 minutes.
Let us know how your special dinner turned out below in the comments.
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