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This recipe is easy to execute but the result, when properly presented, is fancy enough to impress any dinner guest who enjoys rack of lamb. I suggest serving this dish with fresh green beans, steamed al dente and a bottle of wine, consistent with the one in the ingredients you selected when preparing the recipe.
- 2 lamb racks, Frenched
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1 cup red wine
- 1⁄2 cup cranberries
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
almond wild rice
- 4 ounces pure wild rice
- 1⁄2 cup sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
- 1⁄2 orange, juice and zest of
- Place racks of lamb in large, deep dish. Add juice, wine, cranberries and rosemary.
- Note: You should use pure juice: either cranberry or pomegranate. Also, you can use either red or white wine, according to your preference.
- Cover and marinate 2-3 hours or overnight.
- Remove lamb from marinade, pat dry and season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Place marinade in saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to a thin glaze.
- Discard rosemary. Keep glaze warm.
- For the Almond Wild Rice:.
- Place rice in a pan of cold, salted water and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Turn off heat, cover and allow to steam for 20 minutes (rice will swell and curl).
- Return to a simmer and cook for 10 more minutes or until tender.
- Keep warm.
- Just before serving, toss through the almonds, oregano, orange juice and zest.
- While rice is cooking, preheat oven to 400°F Heat oil in large pan and sear lamb on all sides to brown.
- Place lamb in oven and cook 8-10 minutes for medium rare or until cooked as desired.
- Allow to rest for a few minutes before slicing into individual chops.
- Toss rice through almonds, oregano, juice and zest.
- Spoon sauce over lamb and serve with rice and steamed green beans.