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Root Beer Lamb Ribs or Whatever You Got

You know I always feel a little uneasy when I use a cut of
meat that you may not be able to easily find, but in this case I’m posting
guilt free, since this will work beautifully on whichever animal’s ribs you
happen to use. I’ve never actually had this on anything other than lamb, but
I’m going out on a limb. There’s just no way this isn’t going to be great on a
rack of baby back ribs.

The root beer and sesame combination really works
beautifully here, which is no surprise since we used that same one-two punch in
a braised lamb shoulder recipe a few years ago. I’d just returned from foodie
nirvana known as the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, and was anxious to share a
recipe adapted from one I learned from chef Richard Blais.

He originally used lamb ribs, and as great as my shoulder
chops were, I remember promising myself that I’d try it on ribs someday. It
took a while, but it was worth the wait. The subtle gaminess of the fatty rib
meat is a perfect foil for the sweet and spicy glaze, which seems even richer
scented by the toasted sesame.

By the way, these are lamb ribs from the breastplate of the
animal, NOT a rack of lamb from the loin, which also has a sort of similar row
of bones attached to the meat. Rack of lamb is crazy expensive, and if you want
to waste a lot of money, cooking it for 3 hours would be a great way to do it!

You’ll notice I didn’t slash the membrane on the back of the
ribs this time. I’ve decided on small ribs, like these and baby backs, that it
really doesn’t make much of a difference. Also, I forgot and didn’t realize
until I was doing the voiceover! Anyway, I hope you find some lamb ribs (call a
butcher and they will hook you up), or wimp out and use some pork ribs, but
either way, I hope you give these a try soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients for 4 portions:
2 racks of lamb ribs (aka bone-in lamb breast)
salt and pepper to taste
For the marinade:
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 to 2 tbsp Sriracha chili sauce, or other chili paste/sauce
2 tsp salt
1 (12-oz) bottle root beer
For the glaze:
reserved marinade, boiled down by about half
3 crushed garlic cloves
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1 tbsp sambal or fresh minced hot red chilies
*Roast lamb wrapped in foil at 250 F. for 2 1/2 hours, or
until almost tender, then uncover and glaze with sauce every 5-6 minutes at 400
F., until tender and gorgeous.

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Rack of Lamb with Blueberry Beurre Rouge – Small, Dark and Handsome New Twist

This Easter-inspired rack of lamb recipe is fairly typical
of other dishes I’ve posted with this cut, except for one major difference;
we’re actually roasting the meat over the sauce. And not just any sauce; we
spiked this beurre rouge (red wine butter sauce) with fresh blueberries, and
the small, dark fruit performed beautifully.

My game plan was to introduce some always-welcomed moisture
into the cooking environment, as well as hopefully impart some flavor and aroma
from the berries, shallots and wine. Both goals were realized, and I was very happy with
the final results. Besides possibly straining the cooked berries out next time,
I think it was pretty close to spot on.

One word of warning to you poor, unfortunate souls who will
insist on cooking this longer: Beside the obvious crime against nature of not
eating this pink, you’ll also risk having your sauce dry up and burn in the
oven. So, if you are going longer than the 20 minutes recommended here, be sure
to check the pan, and add a splash of water if needed.

Other than that, as long as you’re checking with a
thermometer, I don’t think there’s a lot that can go wrong. The sauce is very
simple to finish up as your lamb rests, and quite similar to most of the pan
sauces you’ve seen posted here before. So, if you’re looking for something a
little bit usual for your Easter menu, I hope you consider giving this a try…it
was berry good! Enjoy!

Ingredients for 4 portions:
2 fully trimmed, racks of lamb (8 bone each)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp vegetable oil for browning
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp minced fresh rosemary
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cumin
1/3 cup sliced shallot
4 oz (about a cup) fresh blueberries
1 cup decent red wine
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 or 2 tbsp butter, whisked into finished sauce

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