Heart shaped lamb is on the menu for Valentine's Day. Rosana shows how these tender steaks can be paired brilliantly with a minty pesto and white bean mash.
Donald Russell kindly sent me their grass fed and hand cut Valentine lamb loin steaks. Heart shaped, they make an ideal centre piece for a romantic meal.
Lamb loin is a very succulent, tender and juicy piece of meat. It doesn't require long cooking time. It's ideal for a very quick, easy and tasty meal. Whoever your Valentine is, you are sure to make a good impression.
Lamb steak in minty Brazilian pesto and white bean mash
Serves 2 people
4 x Lamb steaks (approx. 350gr)
Marinate the steaks in olive oil, garlic, zest of 1 lemon and freshly ground pepper for 6 hours.
Meanwhile make the pesto
Minty Brazilian Pesto
25gr Brazil Nuts
15gr fresh mint
1 clove of garlic peeled
25gr flat parsley leaf
15gr fresh coriander leaves
150ml extra virgin olive oil
100gr of Parmesan cheese
chilli to taste
Mix all the ingredients in a blender . reserve.
Mashed white beans
1 can of cannelli beans
1/2 clove of garlic minced
½ small white onion finally chopped
1/2 sprig of rosemary chopped
10gr of parsley chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
In a pan, heat oil over medium heat. Fry the onion for 5 minutes then add the minced garlic, stirring often, until golden, about 1 minute.
Drain the beans and add to the pan together with the rosemary and 1 cup of water (approx. 200ml)
Cook the beans, stirring constantly until they are hot and the liquid thickens, about 5 minutes.
Mash the beans, leaving some whole. Season with lemon zest, salt and pepper to taste.
To prepare the lamb steaks
Heat a grill pan or frying pan. To help keep their shape use a skewer/cocktail stick before cooking.
Cook the steaks for 2 mins each side for medium rare and well done 3 mins each side.
When ready leave it to rest for 10 mins wrapped in aluminium paper to keep it warm. Plate up bean mash, add the steaks and spread the pesto on top of it or serve separately.
For more delicious lamb recipes visit Great British Chefs collection.