DENVER, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A record breaking number of recipes were entered into the American Lamb Board's annual "Best American Lamb Family Recipe Contest" but only one took home the grand prize. From Gardnerville, Nevada, Terri Crandall's Rack of Lamb with Cranberry-Gorgonzola Butter and Cranberry Glaze was crowned winner for the recipe's ewe-nique use of seasonal ingredients, mouth-watering flavors and modern spin on a classic holiday rack of lamb.
Crandall shared her love for lamb as a "versatile protein," noting that lamb is the "most popular main dish choice" for "home-cooked family dinners." As winner of the "Best American Lamb Family Recipe," Crandall will receive an American Lamb cut of choice to serve a family of six, and a one hundred dollar gift certificate to Williams-Sonoma to pick out the perfect roasting pan.
Rack of Lamb with Cranberry-Gorgonzola Butter and Cranberry Glaze
Rack of Lamb:
1 rack of lamb
Montreal Steak Seasoning
3/4 cup cranberry Juice
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsps honey
1/4 tsp kosher salt
pepper to taste
3 tbsps unsalted butter
1/4 lb gorgonzola cheese
3/4 cup dried cranberries
6 tbsps unsalted butter, room temperature
Preheat oven to 450 degrees or prepare a medium-hot fire on a gas or charcoal grill. Rub olive oil on both sides of the rack and season both sides with Montreal Steak Seasoning. Place lamb in oven or on the grill for 25-30 minutes for medium rare.
While the lamb is cooking, prepare the glaze. In a medium saute pan, combine cranberry juice and balsamic vinegar and cook to reduce by half over medium heat, approximately 10 minutes. Add honey, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Add butter to the sauce and melt.
To make the Cranberry-Gorgonzola butter, smash unsalted butter with a fork; add the dried cranberries and the gorgonzola cheese and mix together until combined.
Remove the lamb from the oven or grill. On a platter, place lamb, spread the Cranberry-Gorgonzola Butter, drizzle the glaze over the dish and serve.
About the American Lamb Board
The American Lamb Board is an industry-funded research and promotions commodity board that represents all sectors of the American Lamb industry including producers, feeders, seed stock producers and processors. The Board, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, is focused on increasing demand by promoting the freshness, flavor, nutritional benefits, and culinary versatility of American Lamb. The work of the American Lamb Board is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the board's programs are supported and implemented by the staff in Denver, Colorado.
SOURCE The American Lamb Board