This challenging assiette of Lune Valley lamb recipe from William Drabble's features the sadly underused lamb's tongue. Order in advance from a good butcher and you'll be hooked on the surprisingly mild and tender meat. Deep fried with a simple coating of seasoned flour, the tongue provides some textural contrast to the soft braised lamb's neck and tender roasted loin. Save time on the day by cooking the lamb neck a day ahead.
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Start by preparing the lamb. Remove the loin from the bone, remove the skin, then score the fat and set aside. Alternatively, ask your butcher to prepare the lamb for you
1 loin of Lune Valley lamb
Put 2 tablespoons of the oil into a casserole pan large enough to hold the whole middle neck. Caramelize the neck all over and put to one side
1 middle neck of Lune Valley lamb
2 tbsp of olive oil
Add another tablespoon of olive oil and add the carrot, onions, celery, leek, garlic and rosemary and cook slowly until the vegetables start to caramelize
2 celery sticks
6 garlic cloves
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 tbsp of olive oil
Add the tomato purée and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly until it darkens slightly. Add the chicken stock, return the lamb to the pan and bring to the boil
1 tbsp of tomato purée
3l chicken stock
Cover with a tight fitting lid and cook in the oven at 120°C/Gas mark 1/2 for 3-4 hours. You will be able to tell when the lamb is cooked as it will just fall off the bones
Remove the lamb from the liquid and put to one side. Strain the braising liquid through a fine sieve into a pan and leave to settle
Remove the fat from the sauce with a ladle and reduce over a medium high heat to sauce consistency and set aside
Remove the bones from the middle neck. Roll the meat into a long sausage shape in cling film and refrigerate until firm-at least one hour and preferably overnight
Place the lambs tongues into a pan of cold water and bring to the boil, then place the pan into the sink and run cold water over the tongues to wash away any impurities
2 lamb's tongues
Put the tongues into a clean pan and cover in cold water. Add the onion, carrot, celery, leek, garlic and salt and bring slowly back up to the boil
1/2 celery stick
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
Reduce the heat and simmer for 1-1½ hours or until the skin peels off the tongues easily. When tongues are cooked, peel off the skins and refrigerate. Once cooled, cut each tongue into four length ways and set aside
To make the garlic purée, peel the garlic and place into a big pan of lightly salted water, bring to the boil and cook until soft. Drain and return to a clean pan
4 bulbs of garlic
Add the double cream, rosemary and a little seasoning, bring to a gentle boil and reduce until the cream starts to thicken. Be careful as the mixture will burn easily. Remove the rosemary sprig, liquidise, pass through a fine sieve and set aside
300ml of double cream
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
To cook the loin, slowly crisp the fat side in a frying pan in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Turn the loin to seal it all over, then put into an oven fat side down and cook at 170°C/Gas mark 3 for 3-5 minutes until medium rare
1 tbsp of olive oil
Remove from the oven and rest
To reheat the middle neck, carve into 2.5cm thick slices, remove the cling film and place into a shallow sided pan. Add a little of the reduced lamb jus and a knob of butter
1 knob of butter
Bring to boil then place into the oven at 160°C/Gas mark 2. Keep basting the meat with the sauce until glazed
Coat the tongues in a little seasoned flour and deep fry until crisp. Remove and season with salt and pepper
To serve, place some cooked spinach on to each plate and then a piece of tongue
2 2/3 handfuls of spinach leaves
Slice the loin and arrange two slices neatly on the plate. Put the glazed lamb neck next to that then the garlic purée between each pile. Pour lamb jus over middle neck and let it disperse around the plate
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