Herb Crusted Lamb with Crispy Artichokes & Potatoes

American Lamb Board, Beyond the Bayou Blog

Ingredients

Artichokes and Potatoes
1 pound baby artichokes
4 Yukon gold potatoes cut in half
4 quarts water
1 lemon cut in half
3/4 C salt
1 cup white wine
2 bay leaves
4 sprigs thyme
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 lemon peel strips from one lemon
2 T extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt for seasoning
Freshly cracked black pepper
Fresh chopped chives

Garlic Aioli
1 C mayonnaise
Juice from 1 lemon
2 T garlic, finely minced
Salt & pepper to taste

Herb Crusted Lamb
2 pounds rack of lamb
2 T Dijon mustard
1 T honey
3 T butter, room temperature
1 T fresh rosemary, chopped
1 T fresh thyme, chopped
1 T garlic, minced
2 T panko breadcrumbs

Preparation

Prepare a bowl with enough water to cover the artichokes. Take the lemon halves and squeeze the juice into the water and place aside. Prep the artichokes by removing the tough outer leaves until you reach the yellowish leaves. With a paring knife, cut off the end of the stem and trim the stem and base until you reach the light green leaves. Cut off about 3/4 inch from the top and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the choke ( the fuzzy part) if there is one. After trimming and cutting each artichoke, make sure to place into the prepared lemon water.

In a large pot over medium-heat, add the water, salt, white wine, bay leaves, thyme, garlic, and lemon strips. Add the artichokes and bring to a boil. Add the artichokes and cook for 10-15 minutes until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on a rack lined with paper towels. Place the potatoes into same cooking liquid and cook for 15-20 minutes until tender but not falling apart. Remove and let cool.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Gently smashed potatoes with the palm of your hand. Toss potatoes and artichokes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread the potatoes and artichokes out evenly on a sheet pan. Bake until crispy, 20-25 minutes. Let cool slightly and sprinkle with chopped chives and kosher salt.

In a bowl combine the mayonnaise, lemon, garlic, salt and pepper, place aside.

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy bottom skillet over medium high heat, sear lamb rack, fat side down until golden brown 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat. In a bowl, combine dijon mustard, honey and mix. Brush the mixture on top of the lamb. In same bowl combine the butter, rosemary, thyme, garlic and bread crumbs. Mix thoroughly until a paste is formed and spread evenly on top, pressing gently to make sure everything adheres. Place lamb in oven and cook for 25-35 minutes until the internal temperature registers 128 -degrees to 130 degrees.

To serve, place a dollop of aioli on the bottom, top with the artichokes and potatoes and then the lamb. Add more aioli and enjoy!