Pan Roasted Loin of Lamb with Red Wine Sauce

  • Time: 4 hours
  • Serves: 4
  • Level: hard

‘N/B As I mentioned previously, any recipe containing a sauce on our site you must try. You and your guests will be licking your plates and drinking from the sauce pot! Take your premium cut, sweat over the hob for a few hours and hey presto, a dish worth waiting for. This is something we would have on a weekend with the family, perfectly pan roasted loin of lamb… Wow! Dad’s time to show off :)’

Leo Williamson
'The sauce is amazing! Any recipe with a sauce from WDC you need to try! But, this one is a little trickier, so cook it as a show stopper for friends or family you want to impress!'

What you need

For the lamb tenderloin fillets

900g lamb loin fillets

4 sprigs rosemary

50g unsalted butter

Salt and pepper

 

For the potatoes and celeriac

800g charlotte potatoes – peeled

1 small celeriac

 

For the vegetables

Please see note at my tip for cooking vegetables

 

For the red wine sauce

500g lamb ribs

500g chicken wings

125ml tomato passata

2 litres water

500ml red wine

4 cloves garlic – skins left on

1 onion chopped

1 carrot chopped

1 stick celery chopped

3 bay leaves

1 tbs sherry vinegar

1 tbs redcurrant jelly – to taste

Salt and pepper



Dad's Recipe Tales

‘Pan roasting’

Viewers of TV cookery programmes, will be familiar with ‘pan roasting’. The technique involves browning meat in a pan and then finishing in the oven. Chefs know pan roasting the best way to treat tender meat like lamb and pork fillets – or delicate meat such as game birds. The method allows critical control of temperature and timing. Further, the residues in the pan will make a quick sauce.

Do chefs burn their hands?

According to Antony Bourdain in Kitchen Confidential they do. But Bourdain admits that professional chef works in a potentially dangerous working environment and accidents are likely to happen. Home cooks rarely have accidents, mainly because the domestic kitchen is designed to be relatively safe. But if a home cook attempts to flirt with the rigors and techniques of a commercial kitchen they might unwittingly cause a hazard. From experience, I know that this to be true – especially with pan roasting. The problem is that home cooks are conditioned into thinking that a frying pan is safe to hold in the hand. If you put a frying pan in the oven the handle is no longer safe – it will be 180C! Worse is yet to come – put a frying pan straight from the oven and safely onto the hob and moments later you might still think  the handle is safe to touch.

So please, if you do put frying pans in the oven – take a precaution. For instance, if you use an oven glove – put the handle into the oven glove once it is safely on the hob – it will be awkward to hold but it will remind you – and passers-by – the handle is still HOT!!!

How Dad Cooked It

The meat is an expensive cut so save this recipe for a special occasion. The sauce is time-consuming – but as you’re already doing this for a special occasion… (you can buy ready-made sauce). The meat is pan roasted – please read the tale above for cautionary notes about this method of cooking.

Make the stock: Preheat the oven to 200C, Gas 6. Put the garlic in tin foil with a teaspoon of water – scrunch up the foil on top of the cloves. Put the ribs and wings in a bowl and cover with the passata and a tablespoon of light olive oil, mix well and place on an oven tray. But the garlic in tinfoil on the tray and bake the roast for about 30 minutes. Take the garlic out of the oven and set aside. Turn the ribs and wings and roast for a further 10 – 20 minutes or until the meat and bones have browned. Take the bones off the oven tray and place in a large saucepan (deglaze the pan to extract any residues. Add the water and bring to the boil and simmer very gently for 10 minutes. Skim any scum off the surface. Add the vegetables and the bay leaves. Simmer – again very gently – for 2 1/2 hours. Strain the stock using a colander and discard the bones and vegetables. Strain the stock again through muslin. Measure 1 litre and set aside. Put the remaining stock into cartons, cool and refrigerate for later.

Start the sauce: Put the wine in a sauce pan and bring to the boil. Flame the alcohol and reduce half. Squeeze out the garlic from its skin and add to the wine. Add the reserved litre of stock to the wine and reduce by half.

Finish the sauce: Continue reducing the sauce until it is rich and flavoursome. Add the vinegar and simmer for another minute, add the red currant to taste and season with salt and pepper. Just before serving add the butter to taste and whisk to make a smooth and silky sauce. You can thicken your sauce further by mixing in a teaspoon or more of cornflour (mix with a cool liquid before adding) or you can make a roux mixing 1 tbs of flour with 1 tbs of butter and adding to the sauce – ensure you ‘cook out’ the flour by simmering for several minutes.

Cook the potatoes and celeriac: Preheat the oven to 200C, Gas 6. Peel the vegetables separately and chop to a similar size. Put the potatoes in a large pan of salted water and bring to the boil. Boil for 5 minutes then add the celeriac and boil for a further 5 minutes. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add a good glug of olive oil and mix. Place on a baking tray and roast on the top shelf for 20 – 30 minutes until evenly browned turning once during cooking.

Cook the fillets: Preheat the oven to 180C, Gas 4. Heat a large oven-proof frying pan on a medium high heat until very hot. Add a small amount of light olive oil and brown the fillets on all sides. Add the rosemary sprigs and place in the oven and roast for about 5-8 minutes. Using and oven glove, check the pan after 5 minutes and judge the meat for doneness. If you want very pink lamb ensure you take it out before it is just as you like it – as it will continue to cook during resting. Again ensuring you have an oven glove – remove the pan and place the meat on a warm tray and cover. Then using an oven glove take hold of the pan. Reserve the rosemary sprigs. Then and add a little water and some of the sauce and deglaze the pan. Strain back into the sauce.

Serve: Slice the fillets into even thick slices and plate. The juices from the meat can be incorporated back into the sauce but you will need to simmer and strain again. Or the juices can be put back over the meat. Plate the potatoes and celeriac and serve the sauce in a sauce-boat on the side – along with the extra vegetables.

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