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Ever since Napa Valley Wine Train Executive Chef Kelly MacDonald was a child, he helped his family create culinary masterpieces at family gatherings. This is one of his favorite recipes for you to use that is sure to please your family this holiday season.

Recipe: California Lamb Mediterranean Style
Wine Pairing: Chef recommends pairing this dish with a soft, mildly tanic, fruit forward red wine like Swanson Vineyards Merlot.



Moroccan Inspired Braised Lamb Shanks

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Submitted by Celadon

Lamb-Shank.jpgMoroccan Inspired Braised Lamb Shanks with Golden Raisin and Toasted Almond Couscous

  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 1 LB  onion, large dice
  • 1 LB  carrots, large dice
  • 1/2 LB  fennel, large dice
  • 1/4 cup  olive oil

Season lamb shanks with salt and black pepper
Roast in a 450º oven until golden brown, about 30-40 minutes
Sauté vegetables in olive oil

Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank

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submitted by VirginiaWine.org

pall.jpgby Melissa Close, Executive Chef of Palladio Restaurant

Executive Chef Melissa Close has directed Palladio's kitchen since the fall of 2000, continually working to bring authentic Italian Cuisine to Central Virginia. Raised in Alabama, Melissa has been in the restaurant business since she was 16 years old and is a distinguished graduate from the New England Culinary Institute, Alumna of the Year in 2005. She has focused on Italian cuisine since working for award-winning chef Frank Stitt at Bottega Restaurant & Cafe located in Birmingham, Alabama in the early 90's. Her quest to refine her fluency in Italian cuisine led her to San Francisco's Rose Pistola Restaurant.

mel-2.jpgAfter taking a hiatus to work for one of her early culinary mentors and fellow Charlottesville chef, Craig Hartman, at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, Colorado, she was drawn back to Italian cuisine when asked to take the Executive Chef's position at Palladio Restaurant. She has brought both national and international recognition for Palladio Restaurant through her constant striving to create menus with the freshest ingredients found locally and internationally. During the restaurant's annual closing in January, Melissa and her staff travel across the Atlantic to stage in some of Italy's finest establishments to expand their knowledge of Italian cuisine. Melissa and her staff's commitment for excellence has won her induction in the Chaine des Rotisseurs, and three invitations to create dinners at the world-renowned James Beard House in New York City, a great honor bestowed upon select chefs in the country.

Lamb with Green Olives & Almonds

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lamb.JPGSubmitted by Louis M. Martini Winery

Since 1933, the wines of Louis M. Martini have been crafted in the belief that wine is best enjoyed with food and among friends and family. The Martini family has been gathering and creating recipes for generations, recipes made with their rich, distinctive wines in mind.
Here is one such recipe.

Ingredients:
  • 8 loin lamb chops
Marinade:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Louis Martini cabernet sauvignon
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon. whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoon. Herbs de Provence
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon. paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher or sea salt

Ferrari-Carano: Food & Wine Take Center Stage

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ferrariCarano.jpgSonoma County is famous for their year-round abundance of produce. Each season Ferrari-Carano's culinary gardens offer Rhonda Carano's inspiration for new and delicious recipes as well as tried and true recipes from her Italian ancestry. With farmers' markets spreading across the country and people's desire for fresh fruit and vegetables, it's becoming easier for today's cook to create fresh and diverse menus that are not only delicious, but also nutritious.

This ever-changing bounty of ingredients makes entertaining fun and pleasing for every palate when paired with the perfect wine. Below are two such recipes...

Grilled Lamb Chops with Wine-Mint Marinade
Wine Pairing: Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon

Pasta Butterflies with Asparagus and Snowpeas
Wine Pairing: Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay

Ferrari-Carano also offers several other recipes online. Or use their Wine and Food Pairing Guide to assist you in selecting the ideal wine for all your entertaining needs.

Grilled Lamb Chops w/ Wine-Mint Marinade

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Recipe provided by Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

Wine Pairing Suggestion
Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Marinade:
  • 2 med. garlic cloves
  • 1 med. shallot
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped mint
  • 1 Tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 3 Tbsp dry red wine
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp mint jelly (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • 8 lamb chops, or rack of lamb
Finely chop garlic, shallot, mint and rosemary in food processor. Add mustard, red wine, olive oil and pepper, until blended. Rub on meat. Store in plastic Ziploc baggie.

Prepare barbecue and grill according to your likeness. Serve immediately.

Garnish with grilled peaches with Gorgonzola crumbled on top.


Grilled Lamb Loin with Zinfandel Sage Morel Sauce

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Recipe developed for Amador Foothill Winery by
Matt Pinsonneult, Chef, Sierra Nevada Tap Room and Restaurant Chico, CA

Heady Zinfandels, like those of the Sierra Foothills, pair beautifully with late-winter meats and mushrooms. This recipe takes fresh spring lamb and marries it with a luscious Zinfandel sauce complemented by the earthiness of sage and morel mushrooms.

Lamb Rack with Blueberry Compote

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Colorado Lamb Rack with Blueberry Compote,
Pumpkin Risotto and Mustard Glace

 

Chef: James Waller
Executive Chef, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Prepared for Pairings at the Plaza during the 9th Annual Great Wine Escape

Lamb

Grain Fed Colorado Lamb Rack 2 ea.
Remove fat cap cover with a sharp knife.

Method:
Season Lamb with salt and pepper and grill both sides. Place on mirepoix (diced celery, carrot, onion) with Bay Leaves and Thyme. Place in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Set aside before cutting. Lamb should be medium rare and should be fairly firm, yet give a little when squeezed. 


Braised Shoulder of Lamb

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Braised Shoulder of Lamb

with Pinot Noir, Raisins and Carrot Purée

INGREDIENTS
Serves 4

 

LAMB SHOULDER

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2- to 3-pound lamb shoulder roast, boned, tied and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Pinot Noir
  • 8 to 10 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 to 5 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock

 

CARROT PURÉE

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

 


 


Preheat oven to 350º

FOOD+WINE PAIRING
More Pinot Noir is always a good thing. Pinots have that earthy, black cherry flavor, which complements the fruit in the dish. The slight undercurrent of cinnamon in the wine works well with the spicy notes of the carrot purée.
--Chef CORY SCHREIBER.



Chef's Recipe Notes:

This preparation works well with a rolled and tied shoulder of lamb or lamb shanks. The carrot purée adds flavor and color and can be made while the lamb is braising.
Cory Schreiber - Executive Chef and Founder - Wildwood Restaurant & Bar.


                      Cory Schreiber
                      Executive Chef
             Wildwood Restaurant & Bar

 

Thai BBQ "Atkins Ranch" Lamb Chops

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Thai BBQ "Atkins Ranch" Lamb Chops

Submitted by Executive Chef Peter Pahk

 NAPA VALLEY, CA - Silverado Resort is the place for great dining in Napa Valley whether you are looking for fine dining or casual fare. One of their restaurants, The Royal Oak, features the superb culinary talent of Executive Chef Peter Pahk. Below is a recipe for one of the many entrees served up by this award-winning chef.

Grilled Lamb Loin with Zinfandel Sage Morel Sauce

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Recipe developed for Amador Foothill Winery by
Matt Pinsonneult, Chef, Sierra Nevada Tap Room and Restaurant Chico, CA

Heady Zinfandels, like those of the Sierra Foothills, pair beautifully with late-winter meats and mushrooms. This recipe takes fresh spring lamb and marries it with a luscious Zinfandel sauce complemented by the earthiness of sage and morel mushrooms.

Lamb Braciole Appetizer

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Lamb Braciole.jpgPiccolinos Cafe

Joe Salerno, Chef/Owner

Indulge in a slice of Italy when you taste old world Italian cuisine at Piccolinos Café located in downtown Napa. You will always find something unique at Piccolinos, where the highly creative chefs use the best local produce and fresh seafood to create delicious appetizers and entrees. Get cooking in the kitchen with this lamb appetizer recipe sure to delight everyone at your next dinner party!

Braised Lamb Shanks

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   By Jim White, Casa Vieja

Exuberant chef and local radio/TV celebrity Jim White presides over Casa
Vieja in charming Corrales, New Mexico. Chef White creates what he calls
"progressive regional" cuisine, inspired by generations of New Mexico cooks
and personal family recipes. Casa Vieja is a 300-year old example of
Spanish Colonial architecture and a dramatic backdrop for White's
ever-changing regional dishes. Built near the time of the founding of
Albuquerque, the old house allegedly hosts a ghost or two.

 

Spring Lamb with Honey & Thyme Baby Vegetables

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rackoflamb.jpgSubmitted by St. Francis Winery Chef, Todd Muir

Salt, Pepper and Dijon! Add zip and zest to spring with this Lamb delight. Chioggia beets and turnips turn into a heavenly wonder when paired with thyme and honey. Enjoy Chef Todd Muir's specialties when you visit St. Francis Winery.

Roast Leg of Lamb Marinated with Garlic Confit

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legoflamb.jpgSubmitted By Pine Ridge Winery 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 leg of lamb, shank and excess fat removed
  • 4 heads of garlic, cloves removed and peeled but left whole
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
  • 1-2 cups olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 ounces flageolet beans soaked in water overnight
  • 1 carrot, split lengthwise
  • 1 white onion, cut in half
  • 6 ounces grapeseed oil
  • 8 ounces (1 stick) whole butter
  • 8 ounces chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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