April 11, 2023

Lamb Scottadita with Walnut Anchovy Salsa and Broccolini


Recipe by 

Chef Holly Smith

12 to 16

Marinated American lamb chops with rosemary & garlic on a plate


  • 4 racks American Lamb rack, frenched
  • 1 cup rosemary sprigs
  • 1 cup lemon zest pieces, cut with vegetable peeler
  • 2 cup walnuts
  • 4 ounces anchovies in oil, drained and roughly chopped
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup, divided extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 bunches broccolini
  • 1/4 cup pickled mild red peppers, chopped
  • 16 ounces chanterelle or hedgehog mushrooms, roasted


Remove fat cap on lamb racks and trim well to remove all excess fat while being careful to leave a protective layer on meat. Strip rosemary from sprigs. Rub rosemary and lemon zest all over lamb racks; let marinate for 2 hours to overnight. 

Roast walnuts in 350º F oven for 10 minutes until lightly toasted. In a mini food processor or by hand, finely chop 1-1/2 cups toasted walnuts; add 2 ounces of anchovies and chop until well combined and very fine. Add the remaining nuts, anchovies and lemon zest. Add olive oil and combine until smooth. 

Remove lamb from refrigerator for 30 minutes prior to cooking. Remove most of the rosemary and all of the lemon. Season generously with salt and pepper. Grill racks over high heat until rare or medium-rare. Let meat rest for 10 minutes. Cut into individual chops. 

Trim ends and stalks of broccolini. Toss whole broccolini pieces in olive oil. Season lightly with kosher salt. Place broccolini on grill to obtain a nice char. If needed, place broccolini on a sheet tray and place in 350º F oven to finish cooking or for 3 to 4 minutes to reheat. Toss broccolini with peppers and roasted mushrooms. 

For each serving, place broccolini and mushrooms on plate and drizzle with walnut anchovy salsa. Place 2 to 3 rib chops on each plate.

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