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Rack of lamb in adobo with trinxat

You'll need

2 lamb racks (about 600gm each, with 8 cutlets), French trimmed 6 garlic cloves 15 gm ground cumin 120 ml extra-virgin olive oil 15 gm sweet paprika 15 gm ground dried thyme 15 gm black peppercorns, cracked 4 fresh bay leaves, torn   Trinxat 200 gm waxy potatoes (about 2), such as pink eye or desiree 400 gm Savoy cabbage (about ¼), coarsely chopped 50 ml olive oil 50 gm pancetta, thinly sliced 1 black pudding, skin removed, crumbled (see note) 20 gm large black olives, such as manzanilla, pitted


  • 01
  • Place lamb in a shallow non-reactive dish. Pound garlic, cumin and 5gm fine salt with a mortar and pestle to a coarse paste. Add 100ml olive oil and remaining ingredients, then brush over lamb racks, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours to marinate.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 200C. Heat remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Sear lamb until brown (1-2 minutes each side), then transfer to a roasting tray and roast until medium rare (10-15 minutes). Remove from oven, cover with foil and rest for 5 minutes.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, for trinxat, place potatoes in a saucepan, cover with cold salted water, bring to the boil over high heat and cook until tender (8-10 minutes). Drain well, cool, thickly slice. In a separate saucepan, blanch cabbage in boiling salted water until just tender (1-2 minutes). Drain well and set aside. In a separate saucepan heat oil over low heat, add pancetta and stir until beginning to colour (2-3 minutes). Add potato and cabbage, cook until golden (6-8 minutes). Add black pudding, stir to combine, add olives, season to taste, serve with lamb.
Note Black pudding, or morcilla, is available from select delicatessens.

Catalans are great fans of lamb. The trinxat – the Catalan version of bubble and squeak – is synonymous with a feast you’ve put a lot of time and effort into. The spicy adobo marinade not only enhances the flavour of the lamb, but also preserves it. You’ll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.

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  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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