Australians use verjuice a lot in cooking & baking. The famous author Maggie beer has written a book on it, it is a cookbook with lovely recipes in it, using verjuice in nearly everything.
I marinated lamb cutlets in a mix of coriander leaves, mint leaves, ginger, garlic cloves, cut up lemon grass, a bit of olive oil & sea salt. They were marinated for 1,5 hour.
To the oven roasted vegetables , I added 3 cloves of garlic & 100 ml of Verjuice.
I served this with boiled potatoes.
The meat recipe is from Neil Perry!! The rest is from me!! He is an outstanding Australian cook!!
Recipe: For 2 persons
* For the marinade:
2 cloves of garlic, peeled & finely cut up
2 stalks of lemongrass, peeled & thinly sliced
2,5 cm of fresh ginger, peeled & finely cut up
1 teaspoon of sea salt
3 tablespoons of fresh coriander leaves ( cilantro ), finely cut up
3 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves, finely cut up
40 ml of fruity olive oil
* for the meat:
8 lamb cutlets, I removed the bones & fat & cut the meat loose from the bone
1 large plastic Ziplock bag
* For the vegetables:
3 sweet bell peppers: I used 2 medium red & 1 yellow, cleaned, pits & white bits removed
2 large sweet onions, peeled & cut into wedges
3 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely cut up
100 ml of Verjuice ( Verjuice is gluten free!!! )
a few grinds of black pepper
a pinch of sea salt
Potatoes for 2 persons, peeled & cut up into 2, placed into cold water
1. First, make the marinade for the meat. Take a pestle & mortar. If you do not have that, take a foodprocessor.
2. Add the chopped up garlic, the cut up lemongrass, the cut up ginger & sea salt in the pestle & mortar. Using the pestle, grind into a rough paste.
3. Add the chopped up coriander & mint leaves. Grind again well. Stir in the olive oil, bit by bit until you have a looser paste. I used 40 ml because I had too. Maybe, you do not have to use all the oil, just wait & see if you need to put in extra.
4. Clean your lamb cutlets, if necessary & place into the Ziplock bag. Pour the marinade into the bag. Divide the marinade well over the cutlets!!. Close the plastic bag & massage the meat on the outside with your hands. Place the closed bag into a bowl in case of leakage. Put into the fridge for about 1,5 hours. You can marinate the meat up to 2 or 3 hours.
5. When you are ready to make dinner, 40 minutes before eating, take the bag with the meat in it out of the fridge.
6. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C. for 10 minutes. Take a large bowl & place all the vegetables in it. Mix well with a spoon. Now, add the 100 ml of Verjuice. Mix well. Pour those vegetables into a baking dish, evenly divided. Add a pich of sea salt & a few grinds of black pepper. Mix well. Place into the hot oven for 20 to 30 minutes. After 15 minutes, stir the vegetables round with a spoon to prevent burning on the top. The vegetables will be cooked trough after 20 to 30 minutes. So, check that out.
7. In the meantime, I cook the potatoes. They take about 15 to 20 minutes.
8. After 15 minutes, until the potatoes & vegetables are nearly ready, I preheat a large heat & place my large grill- pan on it. When hot, add the marinated lamb pieces. Put some marinade on top of the meat. Cook for about 2 minutes per side until ” rosé ” on the inside. Check that out by cutting 1 trough. The meat has to be rosé otherwise it will be tough & hard! You want moist & delicate meat! Put the meat off the grill & put it into a warm plate & cover to keep warm. Turn the heat off. Let it stand for about 5 minutes.
9. Now, plate up!!
This is lovely ! This is so good enjoyed with a glass of red Shiraz-Cabernet wine from Jacob’s Creek vintage 2006!!!