Rack of Lamb with Crispy Polenta & Roasted Shallot Pinot Grigio Vinaigrette

Recipe Summary

Recipe Servings: 4 portions
Recipe Preparation Time: 0 minutes
Recipe Cook Time: 105 minutes


4 peeled shallots
1 cup Lucini® Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil®
3 tablespoons Lucini® Pinot Grigio Italian Wine Vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/4 cup butter
2 cups hot, cooked polenta
2 lamb racks with 6 bones each
10 sprigs of thyme


To prepare the vinaigrette: Place shallots and 1 cup Lucini® Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil® in small ovenproof pan, cover tightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes, until shallots are soft. Let shallots cool in extra virgin olive oil, then remove, reserving oil. Cut shallots in thin strips and place in bowl. Add Lucini® Pinot Grigio vinegar and slowly whisk in reserved oil. Add chives, season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Cook garlic in 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat for 1 minute. Fold into polenta, season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread polenta in an inch layer in a 6×6 inches baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut into four 3 inch discs and sauté in remaining butter in hot non-stick skillet for 2-3 minutes each side until golden brown and crispy. Blot on paper towels. Season lamb with salt and pepper and rub with remaining olive oil. Remove thyme leaves from stems and rub on lamb. Grill over medium flame for 6-8 minutes each side, until medium rare. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing into 12 pieces. Or cook in heavy skillet 8-10 minutes each side over medium heat until medium rare. Or cook in 425-degree oven for 25 minutes for medium rare.

Place a piece of polenta in center of each of four dinner plates. Arrange 3 pieces (1/2) lamb rack over polenta. Spoon vinaigrette on top and around plate. Top with freshly ground black pepper.


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