Oven-Roasted Rack of Lamb with Harissa-Rhubarb Chutney

May 6, 2015
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Author Notes: It doesn’t matter if you pair this simple, spicy-sweet chutney with an oven-roasted rack of lamb or a pork shoulder or even a hearty cut of fish – just make it before rhubarb season is over. Tangy and sweet have never tasted so good together.CAVA

Serves: 3-4

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • 4 cups 1/2-inch cubes fresh rhubarb (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 Frenched rack of lamb
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley sprigs for garnish
  1. Combine first 8 ingredients in heavy large Dutch oven. Bring to simmer over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add rhubarb, onion, and dried cherries; increase heat to medium-high and cook until rhubarb is tender and mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  2. Cool completely. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.)
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Sprinkle lamb with cumin and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, place chops in the skillet and sear until golden-brown, about 2 minutes on each side.
  4. Remove the chops from the skillet and place them on the rack of a broiling pan. Roast chops 10-12 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the chops without touching the bone registers 135 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit for medium rare. Brush with chutney and cook another 2 minutes. Serve with remaining chutney.
  5. Enjoy!

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