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Marco Pierre White's rump of lamb with fresh mint sauce

26 MARCH 2013
Dish type: Lamb

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 8 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 Knorr Lamb or Chicken Stock cube
1tbsp olive oil
1–2tsps finely chopped fresh thyme
8 thin lamb rump steaks
400g peas, either fresh, shelled peas or frozen, boiled until just tender, drained and cooled
1 shallot, finely chopped

Mint Sauce

150g caster sugar
150ml white wine vinegar
15g pack fresh mint

Marco's note

I make my mint sauce in a particular way. I make a vinegar syrup and mix in blanched mint at the last minute. That’s because I want to maximise the flavour of the mint.

Method

1. First prepare the mint sauce. Place the sugar and vinegar in a small, non-corrosive pan, bring to the boil and cook until clear. Set aside and allow to cool.

2. Reserve 6 mint sprigs for the garnish. Pick the remaining mint leaves off the stalks, and blanch for ten seconds in a pan of boiling water, refresh at once in very cold water, squeeze out excess water and set aside until required.

3. Set two large, heavy griddle pans and pre-heat until very hot. When I say very hot, I mean it!

4. Make a seasoning paste by dissolving the Knorr Lamb/Chicken Stock Cube in the olive oil and mixing in the chopped thyme. Using a Knorr Stock Cube gives the meat extra depth of flavour.

5. Massage the seasoning paste evenly over both sides of the lamb steaks. Then place them on the pre-heated griddle pans.

6. Cook for one minute on one side, then turn and cook on the other side for one more minute (for a pink colour). Cook for 1½ minutes either side for medium cooked.

7. Meanwhile, finely chop the blanched mint leaves and mix into the vinegar syrup to make the mint sauce.

8. Place the cooked peas in a large serving dish and toss through ⅔ of the chopped shallot. Then place the freshly griddled lamb steaks on top of the peas. Spoon the mint sauce over.

9. Garnish with the reserved sprigs of fresh mint, top with a little more olive oil if desired, sprinkle over the remaining chopped shallot and serve at once. Really, nothing could be simpler.

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