New Zealand Lamb Rack With Sweet Potato Mash

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New Zealand Lamb Rack With Sweet Potato Mash

Roasted New Zealand Lamb Rack

Delicious New Zealand Lamb Rack with Sweet Potato Mash, Smashed Avocado, Virgin Olive Oil, Fresh Mint, and Thyme

Have you had a New Zealand lamb rack before? It’s definitely up there with the best cuts of beef like, say, roasted beef tenderloin. Lamb rack is absolutely a delicious option for special occasions. This recipe for roasted rack of lamb is easy to follow and yields amazing results.

Plus, the New Zealand variety has a beautiful mild sweet flavor that everyone will love. Trust me, this is one dish you’ll want to add to your dinner rotation!

Have you ever roasted a rack of lamb? If not, you’re in for a real treat. Don’t worry I’ve got your back, follow my method on how to cook the perfect lamb rack and you won’t go wrong.

 

How To Cook A Lamb Rack

Firstly take the lamb racks out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking. When you’re ready to cook your racks season them with salt and pepper, and also rub fresh thyme over the meat. Heat a pan on medium heat, and add a drizzle of rice bran oil. Lightly sear the racks on both sides and place them onto a baking tray.

CHEFS TIP:

  • Searing the lamb racks before placing in the oven will seal the meat and add additional flavor and texture.
Seared Lamb Racks
Seared lamb racks ready for the oven

Place the lamb rack into a 356ºF or 180ºC pre-heated oven for 10-12 minutes. With such a small and delicate piece of lamb, you should cook it 4-5 degrees under your desired goal endpoint temperature. The most accurate and fail-safe way to do this is to use a digital meat thermometer.

When you have reached your desired endpoint temperature. Remove the racks from the roasting tray and rest them in a warm place for 4-5 minutes.

CHEFS TIP:

  • Resting your lamb racks is one of the most important aspects. This will relax the protein strands in the meat, and the blood then has time to evenly disperse throughout the lamb. Making it juicy and delicious, also it looks fantastic with an even pinkish color.

Meat Doneness Temperature Guide

Meat DonenessTemp (ºC)Temp (ºF)
Blue43ºC110ºF
Rare49 – 53ºC120 – 127ºF
Med-Rare54 – 57ºC129 – 134ºF
Medium58 – 61ºC136 – 141ºF
Mid-Well62 – 65ºC143 – 149ºF
Well Done65ºC and Above149ºF and Above

Is New Zealand Lamb Good Quality?

There’s no denying that New Zealand lamb is of some of the best quality in the world. The country is famous for its sheep farming practices and the end result is a delicious, high-quality product.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional rack of lamb or something a little more unique, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for from a New Zealand supplier.

And because the country has such strict environmental regulations, you can be confident that the lamb is raised in conditions that are as close to natural as possible.

So if you’re looking for the best of the best when it comes to lamb, be sure to give New Zealand Lamb a try!

Med-Rare Lamb Rack
Med-rare juicy lamb rack

Are Lamb Racks Expensive?

Yes, a rack of lamb is expensive. The rack of lamb price can vary depending on the quality of the meat, and the country of origin. It’s generally more expensive than other cuts of lamb.

However, it’s worth the investment because the lamb rack is a tender and luxurious cut that’s perfect for special occasions. New Zealand lamb price is between $40 – $50 NZD per kg or $11.30 – $14.10 USD per pound. (this is based on the current exchange rate and could vary in the different US States).

Is Lamb Healthier Than Beef?

Grass-fed lamb and beef have the same number of calories, so they are both equally healthy. Some people believe that lamb is healthier than beef because it has less fat, but this is not true – both types of meat have about the same amount of fat. However, lamb may be healthier than beef in some ways, because it is rich in Omega 3 healthy fats.

Savory Sweet Potatoes Mash

Savory sweet potato mash pairs well with this New Zealand lamb rack. The best and tastiest way to make sweet potato mash is to roast or steam them in their skins. This can be easily done, first prick the sweet potato making sure to pierce the skin. Place them into a baking tray and add fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme.

Place them into a 374ºF or 190ºC pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes or until the sweet potato flesh is soft. Remove them from the oven and let them stand for 2-3 minutes. Then carefully peel them and place them into a bowl, add a knob of butter, season with Himalayan pink salt, and quickly mash while they’re still hot. Adjust seasoning if needed.

You can also not peel the sweet potato and mash it with the skin still on. You can eat sweet potato skin. If you decided to do this make sure to thoroughly wash them before roasting.

CHEFS TIP:

  • Cooking the sweet potato in their skins intensifies the flavor and gives them an earthy subtle sweetness that can only be achieved by cooking them this way.
Sweet Potato and Rosemary
Sweet potato with rosemary and Himalayan pink salt
Hass Avocados
Beautiful avocados

Smashed Avocado

This is so easy to make and the rewards are amazing. Smashed avocado is excellent with just about anything, including a beautiful juicy lamb rack. Place the peeled avocados into a bowl add the juice from half a lemon, and smash into a pulpy paste. Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and season with Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Larder Stables And Must Have Kitchen Tools

  • I’ll make it easy for you. stock your kitchen with these basic ingredients – Butter, milk, Himalayan pink or quality sea salt, whole peppercorns, sugar, vinegar, virgin olive oil, and plain flour.

Essential Kitchen Tools – Must Haves

You can’t be at a professional level in the kitchen unless you own a variety of high-end tools. Genius kitchen gadgets are an essential part of any home cook’s or aspiring chef’s arsenal. From some of the best chef knives, and kitchen cookware, to wooden cutting boards. These will set you apart from others and get you ready with what you need to start making meals like a chef.

My Professional Recommendations

Seasoning Food

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
  • As a chef the most underrated ingredient in the kitchen is salt. When my recipes call for salt and pepper I use a variety of different salts and freshly ground black pepper.

Many chefs, including myself, prefer sea salt like Maldon salt flakes or Himalayan pink salt. Both can be used for cooking and finishing. They have a refined flavor that brings out the natural taste of food.

New Zealand Lamb Rack

New Zealand Lamb Rack With Sweet Potato Mash

Med Rare New Zealand Lamb Rack, Delicious, Luxurious, And Tender, Exciting Combination, That Everyone Will Love.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine New Zealand
Servings 4 People
Calories 640 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 each Lamb racks - work on ½ a rack per person
  • Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4-5 sprigs Fresh thyme
  • Rice bran oil

Sweet Potato Mash

  • 3-4 medium-sized Sweet potatoes
  • 2 sprigs Fresh rosemary
  • Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup Salted butter

Smashed Avocado

  • 1 large Avocado - peeled and smashed
  • Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • drizzle Olive oil - extra virgin
  • Juice of ½ a lemon

Garnish

  • 3-4 sprigs Fresh thyme
  • 1-2 sprigs Fresh mint
  • drizzle Olive oil - extra virgin

Instructions
 

Savory Sweet Potatoes Mash

  • First prick the sweet potato making sure to pierce the skin. Place them into a baking tray and add fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme.
    Place them into a 374ºF or 190ºC pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes or until the sweet potato flesh is soft. Remove them from the oven and let them stand for 2-3 minutes. Then carefully peel them and place them into a bowl, add a knob of butter, season with Himalayan pink salt, and quickly mash while they’re still hot. Adjust seasoning if needed.
    Sweet Potato and Rosemary

Smashed Avocado

  • Place the peeled avocados into a bowl add the juice from half a lemon, and smash into a pulpy paste. Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and season with Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    Hass Avocados

Cooking The Lamb Rack

  • Take the lamb racks out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking. When you’re ready to cook your racks season them with salt and pepper, and also rub fresh thyme over the meat. Heat a pan on medium heat, and add a drizzle of rice bran oil. Lightly sear the racks on both sides and place them onto a baking tray.
    Place the lamb rack into a 356ºF or 180ºC pre-heated oven for 10-12 minutes. With such a small and delicate piece of lamb, you should cook it 4-5 degrees under your desired goal endpoint temperature. Using a digital meat thermometer.
    When you have reached your desired endpoint temperature. Remove the racks from the roasting tray and rest them in a warm place for 4-5 minutes before cutting.
    Seared Lamb Racks
Keywords Lamb Rack, New Zealand, Sweet Potato

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Serving Size: 150g New Zealand lamb rack, sweet potato mash, smashed avocado, and fresh herbs.
Calories 640 | Total Fat 31 g | Carbohydrates 40.9 g | Fiber 9.2 g | Protein 43.7 g | Iron 4.2 mg

Delicious New Zealand Lamb Rack

New Zealand Lamb Rack

So, if you’re looking for an easy-to-follow recipe that will make your dinner guests swoon, look no further. This roasted rack of lamb is perfect for any occasion, and it’s definitely a dish that will make you look like a culinary genius.

New Zealand lamb is the best in the world, grass-fed, and raised in open pastures with plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Next time you’re planning a dinner party, give this recipe for roasted New Zealand lamb rack a go, your guests will be impressed!

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