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I'm wondering about the best rack of lamb to roast. Frenched or not?

Does it matter to the taste and presentation if the rack is not trimmed? I'm preparing a special birthday dinner for a friend. He's a bit of a traditionalist.

asked by freshparsley almost 5 years ago
6 answers 1575 views
9b94e94b 0205 4f2c bb79 1845dcd6f7d6  uruguay2010 61
added almost 5 years ago

French looks pretty but all that wonderful meat that is removed from drenching is a waste. Leave it on for the best tasting chop.

9b94e94b 0205 4f2c bb79 1845dcd6f7d6  uruguay2010 61
added almost 5 years ago

That is frenching, not drenching . . . . Thank you auto spell check

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pierino

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added almost 5 years ago

While I agree with much of what usuba dashi say's, I still like the idea of frenching the bones. I actually do this with frog legs too, veering off into the amphibian world. Those scrapped scraps can be put to use.

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boulangere

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added almost 5 years ago

I agree with pierino. Save the scraps. Frenching makes for a cleaner presentation, and more even cooking and more even cooking because you concentrate the mass better.

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boulangere

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added almost 5 years ago

And did I mention more even cooking?

C8ffa92e 3766 46b4 8290 dbef5c382a03  james joyce 1
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added almost 5 years ago

Frenching is a very useful technique when cooking lamb shank too. When you cut through the tendons and scrape the bone the meat tends to "bulb" at the end, per boulangere's point about "concentrate the mass". No religious connotations.