Cranberry, Tomato and Thyme Crusted Rack of Lamb

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INGREDIENTS

  • For the rose wine and cranberry gravy:
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bottle rosé wine
  • 1 large sprig fresh thyme
  • 4 tbsp Ocean Spray® Wholeberry Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 25g/1oz butter
  • For the lamb:
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50g/2oz sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp Ocean Spray® Wholeberry Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 racks of lamb (6 cutlets on each) chined

DIRECTIONS

To make the gravy: put the garlic, rose wine and thyme into a large pan, bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 15 minutes until reduced by half. Strain, discard the thyme and return the wine to the pan. Add the Wholeberry Cranberry Sauce and caster sugar and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 200*C/Fan oven 180*C/ Gas mark 6. Put the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, Wholeberry Cranberry Sauce and thyme into a food processor and whizz together to a smooth paste. Season well with freshly ground black pepper.

Trim the lamb of most of the fat. Spread the cranberry mixture firmly onto the outer side of the lamb to coat evenly. Put crust side up into a roasting tin and roast in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes for medium-rare or 30 minutes for well done, covering the crust of the lamb loosely with foil if the crust starts to burn.

Remove the lamb from the oven and transfer to a warm plate and leave to rest in a warm place for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, pour the rose wine mixture into the roasting tin and bring to the boil, scraping up all the pan juices into the gravy. Whisk in the butter until glossy. Season to taste.

Cut each rack of lamb into cutlets and serve with the rose wine and cranberry gravy, creamy mashed potatoes and fine green beans.

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