Rack of lamb with salsa verde
Serves 6 | prep 20 mins | total time
- 4 baking potatoes (about 200g each)
- 150ml milk
- 100g butter
- 3 racks of Welsh lamb
- 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 6 little gem lettuces, halved lengthways
- a drizzle of rapeseed oil
For the salsa verde
- 50g flat-leaf parsley
- 25g anchovies, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 25g capers, rinsed and roughly chopped
- 1 shallot, peeled and diced
- zest of 2 lemons
- 100ml olive oil
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
Make the salsa verde a few hours ahead
- To make the salsa verde, drop the parsley into a pan of boiling water. After 30 seconds, drain and run under cold water. Dry and finely chop the parsley. Tip into a bowl and mix in the remaining salsa ingredients and season.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Bake the potatoes for 1 hour 15 minutes or until tender. Halve and scoop out the potato and discard the skins. Put the potato through a mouli or mash well in a bowl. Heat the milk and butter and incorporate into the mash. Season and keep warm. Increase the oven temperature to 220°C, fan 200°C, gas 7.
- In a hot pan, sear the lamb racks in a little oil until coloured all over. Transfer the racks to a roasting tin and roast in the oven for 8 minutes until cooked to medium rare, 15 minutes for medium or 20-25 for well cooked. Leave the racks to rest out of the oven for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan, cook the lettuce until coloured and tender but still with a bit of bite. Dress with the rapeseed oil and season. Slice the lamb racks and serve with the mash, lettuce and the salsa verde.