Weekend Epicure: Lamb & Crawfish

Lamb & Crawfish
Serves 6
This dish really will impressed your weekend dinner guests with your culinary skills. Its takes a little preparation, but the end result is just fantastic. Don't let the bechamel sauce stop you from trying this winner. Serve with a wild rice blend, and sautéed green beans. Wine: Cali Zinfandel
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Prep Time
1 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
275 calories
22 g
35 g
15 g
9 g
9 g
259 g
1363 g
5 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275
Calories from Fat 128
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 35mg
Sodium 1363mg
Total Carbohydrates 22g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients for Stuffing
  1. 6 (4-bone) lamb racks
  2. 2 cups cooked crawfish
  3. ¼ cup diced onions
  4. ¼ cup sliced green onions
  5. 1 tsp. diced garlic
  6. 1 tbsp. diced red bell pepper
  7. ½ cup béchamel sauce
  8. ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  9. salt and cayenne pepper
Ingredients for Cooking
  1. ¼ cup melted butter
  2. 2 tbsps. dried thyme
  3. 2 tbsps. dried basil
  4. 1 tbsp. dried tarragon
  5. 1 tbsp. crushed rosemary
  6. 2 tbsps. minced garlic
  7. salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  8. 1 cup dry red wine
  9. 3 cups demi-glace
Sauce Béchamel (white sauce)
  1. 1 cup
  2. A heavy-bottomed, 3 cup saucepan
  3. 1 tbsp. butter
  4. 1 ½ tbsp. flour
  5. 1 cup milk and ⅛ tsp. salt heated to the boil in a small saucepan
  6. Salt and white pepper
  1. Have your butcher select 6 choice lamb racks and trim each. In mixing bowl, combine crawfish and all seasonings. Blend until stuffing should be moist but stiff enough to stand on its own.1 inch paring knife, cut a 3/4-inch slit in center of each lamb rack completely through meat. Pocket should be large enough to hold portion of stuffing. Lightly season inside of pocket with salt and pepper. Stuff each rack with an equal amount of seafood stuffing
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place stuffed lamb racks, bone side up, baking pan with a 1-inch lip. Moisten lamb with melted butter and generously with thyme, basil, tarragon, rosemary, garlic, salt approximately 25 minutes for medium rare. Remove from baking pan with wine. Scrape bottom. Pour ingredients into pan and add demi-glace. Bring to a boil and reduce until slightly thickened. Using a sharp knife, slice lamb racks into 4 chops each and portion of demi-glace.
  2. In the saucepan melt the butter over low heat. With a wooden spoon or spatula, blend in the flour, and cook slowly, stirring, until the butter and flour froth together for 2 minutes without coloring. Remove roux from heat. As soon as roux has stopped bubbling, pour in all the hot liquid at once. Immediately beat vigorously with a wire whip to blend liquid and roux, gathering in all bits of roux from the inside edges of the pan. Set pan saucepan over moderately high heat and stir until the sauce comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring
  3. Remove from heat, and beat in salt and pepper to taste. Sauce is ready,
  1. If not used immediately, clean sauce off inside edges of pan with a rubber spatula edges of pan with a rubber scraper. To prevent a skin from forming on its surface float a thin film of milk, stock, or melted butter on top. Set aside uncovered, keep it hot over simmering water, refrigerate, or freeze it.
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