Rack of Lamb with a Spiced Beetroot glaze

Ingredients

3 star anise

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp cloves

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 dessertspoon honey

250ml red wine vinegar

125ml balsamic vinegar

500ml red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon is good)

500ml water

6 whole beetroot, scrubbed but not peeled

4 lamb cutlets, in a rack

Serves 2 – scale up as need for more people

Method

For the spiced beetroot glaze

Place the beetroot in individual parcels of aluminium foil. Mix together the spices, vinegars and wine and divide mixture over the vegetables. Seal the aluminium packets and roast in the oven for one hour at 180 degrees. (Alternatively, precooked beetroot could be used – just put the beetroot/spices/vinegars in the pan and carry on as below). When cooked, place in a saucepan with the water and puree gently to a pulp. Reduce over low heat to a syrupy consistency. Strain the glaze several times through a chinois (fine-meshed sieve) to retain a clear sauce, free of pulp and spices.

For the lamb:  Roast lamb in a 250C oven for 10 minutes. Reduce to 220C for 10 minutes. Rest for 5-8 minutes.

To serve: Place cooked lamb on bed of mashed potatoes; drizzle over with spiced beetroot glaze. Serve with roasted carrots.

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