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Gepekelde lamsfilet

Brined Lamb Filet with a sauce of sweet peas and mint

Mostly we associate lamb with spring. But that's not the only season to get this delicious meat. In New-Zealand the seasons are different bringing this delicious piece to Lidl Belgium. Brined and grilled in a skillet it's bringing you a delight with some winter vegetables. Have fun!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Belgian, French
Keyword Alabama white sauce, bbq, cold smoker, Flambéed, Grilled, Lamb filet, mint, pellet, Roasted, sweet peas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Brining 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 4 pcs. Lamb Filet

Voor de pekel

  • 2.5 l water
  • 120 gr. salt
  • 2 pcs. star anise
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard seeds

For the sauce of sweet peas with mint

  • 200 gr sweet peas
  • 3 small shallots
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 half bundle of mint
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • lemon juice at taste
  • salt and pepper at taste
  • +-1.5 cup milk

Instructions

Brining the lamb filet

  1. Bake all spices for a couple of minutes in a dry pan to release their flavors.
  2. Add them to the water with all other brine ingredients and stir thoroughly until all salt has been solved.
  3. Place the pieces of lamb filet in the brine and put it in the fridge overnight.
  4. Remove the brine and pat dry the lamb filet. Put back in the fridge uncovered for another 4 hrs. to dry further (this helps to catch some smoke flavors)

For the sauce

  1. Take a cast iron pan and add a tbsp. of sunflower oil.
  2. Remove the skins of the shallots and cut them in halves. Bake the shallots short on high heat until they turn golden brown on each side.
  3. Quench with fish sauce and add the sweet peas.
  4. Bake the sweet peas in a medium heat BBQ until the sweet peas are done.
  5. Add all ingredients to a blender with the milk, basil and cider vinegar and blend thoroughly. Pour the mixture through a sieve and make sure to catch all the drippings from the mash (those contain most flavor).
  6. Taste the sieved sauce and bring to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper at your desire.

Baking the lamb filet

  1. Prepare your BBQ for high heat (+260°C) about a half hour before you want to bake your lamb filet. Put a cast iron pan in the BBQ to preheat until it's blazing hot. I was impatient leading me to a week nearly browned crust... so don't make the same mistak ;).
  2. Just before you start baking the Lamb filet, toss some green herbs into the skillet and bake the lamb filet for a couple of minutes on each side. At an internal temperature of 52°C you can put the lamb filet to rest.
  3. Rest the lamb filet for about 10 minutes (while doing this the internal temp will slightly rise until the desired temp of 55°C).

Serve the lamb filet with the sauce of mint and sweet peas.