cranberry-marinated rack of australian lamb -- with almond wild rice
2 Australian lamb racks, frenched
1 cup pure cranberry or pomegranate juice
1 cup white or red wine
1/2 cup cranberries
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
ALMOND WILD RICE
4 ounces pure wild rice
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
juice and grated zest of 1/2 orange
steamed green beans
Place racks of lamb in large, deep dish.
Add juice, wine, cranberries, and rosemary.
Cover and marinate 2-3 hours or overnight.
Remove lamb from marinade, pat dry and season to taste.
Place marinade in saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to a thin glaze.
Keep glaze warm.
For the rice, place rice in pan of cold, salted water, and bring to a boil.
Cook for 10 minutes.
Turn off heat, cover and allow to steam for 20 minutes (rice will swell and curl).
Return to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until tender.
Just before serving, toss through the almonds, oregano, orange juice and zest.
While rice is cooking, preheat oven to 400F.
Heat oil in large pan and sear lamb on all sides to brown, place in oven and cook 8-10 minutes for medium rare or until cooked as desired.
Allow to rest for a few minutes before slicing into individual chops.
Toss rice through almonds, oregano, juice, and zest.
Spoon sauce over lamb and serve with rice and steamed green beans.