Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rack of Lamb and Swedish New Years Traditions

Many countries do strange things on New Years to make sure their following year is a good and prosperous one.  Here are some from Sweden:

-  A wife has to give her husband something beautiful she has made herself.  No stockings, because that meant an unhappy marriage.  A man had to give his wife something he made as well.

- What ever happened the first day of the year was a sign for the New Year.  If one received money, it was going to be a good year. If you got mad, it was going to be a dreary year.  But if one wanted to have good health during the year one was supposed to get up early and eat an apple.

- Fortune telling using lead and tin was very popular when I grew up.  The metal was melted and then poured into a bucket of water to set. If the metal was smooth and shiny, you could expect to stay healthy; if it had a rough surface the health outlook wasn’t too good.  If the metal was the shape of a cross, that was bad.  If it looked like a grown that meant marriage.

New Year’s celebrations in Sweden today aren’t much different from the rest of the world. Most or Sweden celebrate at home or out with a more formal dinner with their friends.  There are many things folks make but one very common food item is lobster and shellfish.

However, just like Christmas Eve, there is no getting away from the television.  I know, crazy Swedes, we have another show that we watch every year.  This time it is not cartoons but, “The countess and the Butler” also called “Dinner for One.” An English sketch about a drunken servant who has to act the part of a number of guests drinking to the health of his countess.  Nobody seems to understand quite why this black and white sketch remains such a hit.  But it is hilarious, and I love it.  I decide to share it will all of you so you can watch it.


Then at the stroke of midnight, fireworks go off, popping of champagne and everyone says “Gott Nytt År”

What are your new year’s celebrations or traditions?

One of my favorite meats is lamb and for me cooking lamb is a treat.  Why not cook lamb for New Years Eve dinner?  I know for some lamb sounds intimidating but it does not have to be, it can be really simple.

Rack of Lamb

Yields: 4 people | Prep Time: 15 minutes

1 ½ – 2 lbs rack of lamb
4 strings of fresh rosemary
2 garlic cloves
¼ cup of olive oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika

First you need to marinate the rack of lamb, to do this make a rub.  You can really do any rub you want but this is my favorite for the lamb.

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade add the garlic, rosemary, soy sauce, paprika, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Pulse until combined. Pour in olive oil and pulse into a paste. Rub the paste on both sides of the lamb chops and let them marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Remove from refrigerator and allow the chops to come to room temperature; it will take about 20 minutes.

There are several ways to cook the lamb my favorite is on the grill but these instructions work both in the grill and oven.

The cooking time depends on how big your rack of lamb is, and how rare you want it cooked. Rack of lamb should be cooked rare, or at most medium rare. The instructions are for a rack 1 ½  – 2 lbs big. If you have a smaller roast reduce the cooking time from 7 minutes to 5 minutes on 400, and use the lower end of the cooking time given at 300.

Preheat oven or grill to 400°F.  Score the fat, by making sharp shallow cuts through the fat, spaced about an inch apart. Place the lamb rack bone side down (fat side up) on the pan or grill. Wrap the exposed ribs in a little foil so that they don’t burn. I usually but down foil if I am doing it on the grill just so the ribs do not get too burnt from the oil drippings.

Roast at 400°F for 7 minutes, then lower the heat to 300°F. Cook for 7-15 minutes longer (depending on the size of the lamb rack) until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat 125°F on a for rare or 135°F for medium rare. Remove from oven or grill, cover with foil and let rest for 15 minutes.

Cut lamb chops away from the rack by slicing between the bones. Serve 2 chops per person.

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Bulgogi – Korean BBQ
Chicken Piccata
Thai Chicken with Plum Ginger Sauce
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13 Responses to “Rack of Lamb and Swedish New Years Traditions”

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    Amy @ Serve At Once — December 29, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

    In the Souther states, we eat a dish called Hoppin’ John. It’s a dish with rice, black eyed peas, greens, peppers, onions etc. The dish is one eaten for luck: the peas represent the coins we’ll earn, and the greens represent the dollar bills we’ll get during the year. On New Years Day, we usually go house party hopping–great fun! :)

    Happy New Year!

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    Gloria — December 30, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    YUM! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am keeping a copy of it. And your photo is great – I just want to take a bite, it looks so delicious.
    Best,
    Gloria

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    Stella — December 30, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

    Hey Delishhh, we eat black eyed peas, collards, and cornbread for good luck in the new year. This rack of lamb looks mighty good though-it might do the trick too;-)

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    Simply Life — December 31, 2010 @ 5:19 am

    I’m so impressed you know how to make this! Happy New Year!

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    Trix — December 31, 2010 @ 7:27 am

    My mom always made pork loin, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes on New Year’s Day – she said it was a German tradition for good luck. When I was a kid I hated sauerkraut, so I always used to think my luck was pretty rotten! I like it now though … the lamb looks really juicy and nice.

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    Stitchfork — December 31, 2010 @ 8:27 am

    So fun! We make pretzels every New Year’s Day.
    Happy New Year!
    Cathy

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    Megan — December 31, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    I’ve always wanted to try a rack of lamb but never have. I’ll have to start pricing them. To late for NYE dinner but maybe it would be a fun dinner for Valentines! ;)

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    Maria @ Scandifoodie — December 31, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

    Happy New Year! Same, we watch Dinner for One every New Year as well, even if we’re in Australia! This year we spent the NYE in Finland and enjoyed all the Finnish dishes :-)

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    Barbara @moderncomfortfood — January 2, 2011 @ 3:00 am

    Happy new year dear Ewa. I always learn something from your very interesting posts, and please, please keep sharing Swedish traditions with us! New year’s foods at my house always involve black-eyed peas, collard greens, and ham hocks (usually with corn bread) for good luck in the coming year. And I always cook lamb, which I adore, for Christmas. Love your recipe!

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    Spaghetti Bolognese — Delishhh — February 17, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

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    German Mama — July 31, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    This is so funny. I thought “Dinner for One” was only popular in Germany. It’s on TV every New Year’s eve there.

    • Delishhh replied: — August 11th, 2011 @ 7:27 am

      German Mama – Too funny! I love this movie, i can watch it over and over again and still funny.

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