Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Pea Pesto

I sure hope you’re ready for more MEAT!

A beautiful Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb served with Fresh Mint Pea Pesto.
This post was created in partnership with True Aussie Beef & Lamb and Big Green Egg in exchange for free product. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make CaliGirl Cooking possible!

Because this Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Pea Pesto is one for the books and I need you to make it ASAP.

First, important question: How do you feel about lamb? Do you love it? Hate it? Haven’t tried it? I never knew until recently how uncommon lamb as a meat option is in the greater United States. I mean, I grew up in California, with a fairly progressive upbringing food-wise, but I was recently pretty surprised when I was at a luncheon (not in California) that served lamb as the main dish and soooo many people at my table had either never tried it or just not grown up eating it.


Man, have they all been missing out! I was already a big fan of lamb before my partnership with True Aussie Beef & Lamb, but I have to say I became even more so (and converted a few non-lamb eaters) after I tasted the product I was sent. Seriously, guys, #TrueAussieLamb is LEGIT and I’ve made the most delicious Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Pea Pesto to showcase it.

Two beautiful lamb lollipops of Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Pea Pesto.

This is my second post partnering with True Aussie Beef & Lamb and our friends at Big Green Egg to help you #ownyourparty this summer, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. You can see my ranting and raving about BOTH companies’ amazing products in the first recipe I created for this partnership, Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders (which you should also be making ASAP.)

But really, I kept waiting for one of the meats that True Aussie Beef & Lamb sent me to be #average, and I’m happy to report that was most definitely never the case. Every time we bit into a new recipe I created featuring their beef or lamb, we were groaning with delight about how tender and decadently flavorful the meat was. If you haven’t tried their stuff yet, you’re definitely missing out.

Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb is prepped and ready to go on the Big Green Egg!

Okay, and the Big Green Egg. I’m giving that a much deserved shout-out as well because it is so. much. fun. To be honest, I know the basics of grilling, but the hubs takes care of most of the outdoor cooking in our household. When our Big Green Egg was delivered, I was determined to learn how to use it so I could take all the credit for these tasty dishes I was creating. I’m happy to say that, aside from pouring the charcoal in and lighting the fire (because, yo, preggo lady over here) I was able to learn exactly what needed to let these cuts of meat shine in all their glory.

So let’s get into it and talk about this Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Pea Pesto, shall we? As I mentioned before, I was raised eating a fair amount of lamb, and it’s one of my favorite meats to cook. I’d put it in the red meat category, but it tends to have a much more grassy, herbal flavor than your AVERAGE beef (important to note that, because #TrueAussieBeef is definitely not average.) Because of this, you really don’t need to do much to it when cooking, however there are a few ingredients that pair fabulously with it.

Can you guess what those might be? You got it! Fresh herbs (especially rosemary,) mint and peas!!

Mint Pea Pesto is the perfect, easy accompaniment to Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb.

Here’s the 4-1-1 for this recipe that involves allll of these perfect flavors:

We start out by massaging our rack of lamb with a simple yet tasty blend of fresh garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper and a bit of olive oil to make it all stick. Throw that beautiful piece of herb crusted lamb on your Big Green Egg (yes, one could be yours, see below!) and give it a nice sear. It doesn’t take much, our rack of lamb is delicate and tastes so much better when there is still a little bit of pink in the center of the meat.

Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb is thrown into the fire of the Big Green Egg for a delicious sear.

Meanwhile (or even before you get to cooking the lamb,) you’ll want to whip up the creamy, fresh Mint Pea Pesto that will grace the top of each “lamb pop” you serve. It’s a fairly typical pesto, but with equal parts fresh mint and peas as the base rather than basil. This gives the lamb a truly Mediterranean feel, and adds a beautiful pop of bright green color to the plate. It’s also important to note that you’ll likely have some leftover pesto after the lamb is served, so be sure to have some crusty bread on hand for dipping or save it for a last-minute pasta dinner later in the week.

Lollipops of Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb are graced with a hearty dollop of Mint Pea Pesto.

That’s it for the recipe, now let me tell you about this giveaway. If you didn’t catch it in last week’s post, True Aussie Beef & Lamb and Big Green Egg are hosting a “Greater Outdoors” promotion where they are gifting one lucky reader their very own Big Green Egg! Seriously, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. The Egg is amazzzzing!! Simply click here to enter before the giveaway ends on August 1.

The Big Green Egg is the perfect outdoor cooking accessory to #ownyourparty. And you can win one for yourself!

We’re still babymooning in Kauai, but heading back tomorrow and then taking a quick trip to Napa before we head home to Santa Barbara, so thank you for your patience and understanding with my slow-down of content I have been posting so I can really enjoy my trip. I look forward to getting back into a regular schedule with you all when we get back! Xx

Lollipops of Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb are graced with a hearty dollop of Mint Pea Pesto.
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Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Pea Pesto
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

A beautiful piece of lamb is coated with a fresh rosemary-garlic mixture and topped with a delicious mint pea pesto. 

Course: Main Course
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the lamb:
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 5 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-5 pounds rack of lamb
For the pesto:
  • 1 cup fresh mint
  • 1 cup fresh cooked peas
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat your grill to high heat. If using the Big Green Egg, you’ll want it to read a temperature of 500 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  2. Next, prepare the herb rub for the rack of lamb. Combine garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper and olive oil in a small bowl, then rub onto both sides of the lamb rack. 

  3. Once the grill or Big Green Egg is heated properly, add the lamb and cook for 7-8 minutes each side, or until internal temperature reaches between 120 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit (for medium-rare.) Remove the lamb and let rest in a warm place for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving. 

  4. You can make the Mint Pea Pesto prior to grilling the lamb or while the lamb is resting. Combine all pesto ingredients except the olive oil, salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until all ingredients come together to form a rough spread, then slowly stream in the olive oil. Finally, add salt and pepper to taste. 

  5. Once lamb has rested and pesto is prepared, cut the lamb into chops and top each top with a heavy dollop of pesto. Reserve extra pesto for crusty bread or save for a future quick and easy pasta dinner!

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Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders

We’re getting in a Hawaii state of mind today!

Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders are the perfect dish to serve at a summer BBQ.
This post was created in partnership with True Aussie Beef & Lamb and Big Green Egg in exchange for free product. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make CaliGirl Cooking possible!

And for ohhhh so many good reasons.

Reason #1: We’re going to Kauai!! The hubs and I take off tomorrow morning for our babymoon/make-up honeymoon and we are soooo excited for a little one-on-one time in the sun just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. It can’t come soon enough!


Reason #2: If you can’t come to Kauai with us, grilling up some of these Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders will be the next best thing. You’ll feel like you’re right there with us as soon as you take your first bite of these juicy, teriyaki-glazed burgers.

Reason #3: I’ve partnered with two amazing companies, True Aussie Beef & Lamb and Big Green Egg, to help you #ownyourparty this summer with some amazing beef and lamb recipes and….wait for it….a Big Green Egg giveaway!!! Pardon the pun, but it’s pretty #aussome and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

But first, before I get to the giveaway, I feel it’s absolutely necessary to tell you about these mouthwatering Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders.

When I got my shipment from True Aussie Beef & Lamb, I saw the grass-fed ground beef and, naturally, I immediately started thinking burgers. Then, my friend with the most amazing Hawaiiana-inspired home (yes, complete with naturally heated pool and waterslide) suggested we have our first pool party of the summer, dubbing it “Aloha Sunday.” I immediately knew I had to turn these burgers into an island-inspired treat, and these Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders were born!

The patties for Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders are brushed with a delicious sweet and salty teriyaki glaze before serving.

So, what, you may be wondering, makes an “Island Style” beef slider? Well, let me fill you in! Think a normal slider, but with a few fun, tropical twists. The first important distinction between island style and just your average burger is a sweet-salty teriyaki glaze, brushed on to the burgers the moment they come off the grill. Brushing the sauce on while the sliders are still piping hot allows it to caramelize slightly and therefore stick nicely to the patties so you don’t have a huge mess on your hands. Have no fear, there will be extra sauce for adding to your sliders once you build them!

The other fairly consistent (at least in my book) difference between the two styles is the bun. Rather than typical slider buns, I served my Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders on Hawaiian sweet rolls. THE best! If you haven’t ever had Hawaiian sweet bread, do yourself a favor and go buy some right this minute. They sell it in almost all big box grocery stores nowadays. I’m a big fan of King’s Hawaiian brand, and while we’re in Hawaii you can bet I’ll be stocking up on my favorite local brand there, Ani’s.

The beauty of serving Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders is that you can cook them on your Big Green Egg all in one batch!

Okay, now we get to the somewhat controversial part: the condiments and toppings. Some argue that a “true” teri burger needs nothing more than a swipe of mayo and some lettuce, while others insist on including some fresh pineapple in the mix. There’s also that extra teriyaki sauce I mentioned earlier that to me is a non-negotiable. Of course, you’ll always have your traditionalists who MUST have their ketchup and mustard. I recommend just serving the sliders in a “build-your-own” manner, setting them out with all of the condiments imaginable and letting your guests opt for whichever direction they want to take.

Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders will keep everyone happy at your next outdoor BBQ or pool party.

Whichever way you choose to eat your Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders, I can tell you that you will NOT be disappointed. I added a secret ingredient or two to the patties just because, but with the quality of #TrueAussieBeef, you honestly don’t even need to. As soon as we tasted the finished product, I commented to my husband that you could really TASTE the fact that the beef was grass-fed. It’s melt-in-your-mouth tender, with a fresh, herbaceous quality that you really don’t taste every day. The ground beef is so flavorful, you could easily leave out any seasoning save for a little salt and pepper, but hey, I’m a food always blogger and like to put a little spin on things 😉

Island Style Teriyaki Beef Slider patties prepped and ready for the grill!

Okay, so that’s the delicious scoop on my Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders, now let’s get to the important part, the GIVEAWAY!! As part of my partnership with True Aussie Beef & Lamb and Big Green Egg, I was given both the delicious grass-fed ground beef I mentioned above as well as my very own Big Green Egg. I had read about these Big Green Eggs, and always been fascinated by them, but to be honest, didn’t think we needed to invest in one quite yet since we already own both a gas and charcoal grill. Boy, was I wrong! As soon as our Big Green Egg came into our lives (which we’re still thinking of a name for, any suggestions?) we knew it was going to be a game-changer and become a go-to for all our grilling, cooking and smoking needs.

The Big Green Egg is the perfect outdoor cooking accessory to #ownyourparty. And you can win one for yourself!

This thing is amazing, and I’m happy to tell you anything you want to know about it (comment with any questions below!) but the most important thing I need to let you know is that YOU COULD WIN A BIG GREEN EGG FOR YOURSELF! That’s right, Big Green Egg and True Aussie Beef & Lamb will be sending one lucky winner a Big Green Egg through their “Greater Outdoors” campaign, running now through August 2. Click here to enter and cross your fingers that you’ll get to experience this truly #aussome outdoor cooking tool!

I’ll be taking things a little slower here on the blog for the next week and a half or so in order to really soak up our last vacation as a family of two, but you can certainly count on some more delicious #TrueAussieBeef and #TrueAussieLamb recipes during that time, plus more chances to enter to win your Big Green Egg!

Have a great Wednesday and continue to #beAussome!

Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders are the perfect dish to serve at a summer BBQ.
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Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 

Summer cookouts just got that much better with these sliders with a twist. A sweet-salty teriyaki glaze & Hawaiian sweet rolls are the ultimate game-changers!

Course: Main Course
Servings: 20 sliders
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the teriyaki sauce:
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
For the burgers:
  • 2 pounds ground beef (preferably grass-fed True Aussie Ground Beef)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Suggested condiments:
  • Hawaiian sweet roll buns
  • Extra teriyaki sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced onion
  • Sliced pineapple
Instructions
  1. Heat your grill to a medium-high temperature. If using the Big Green Egg, you’ll want the temperature to get to about 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. First, make the teriyaki sauce. Combine all ingredients except cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Let come to a low simmer, then whisk in cornstarch until sauce begins to thicken. Turn off heat and let sit at room temperature while you make the burgers. 

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all burger ingredients. In this situation, it’s probably easiest to just get in there and mix everything together with your hands. 

  4. Once burger ingredients are combined, use your hands to form slider-size patties (make a ball about the size of a lacrosse ball, then flatten it slightly and use your thumb to place an indent in the center to allow the meat to expand while cooking.)

  5. Place sliders on the prepared grill and cook for just a few minutes each side. Since the patties are small, they won’t take much time at all to cook. 

  6. Remove burgers from the grill and immediately brush with some of the prepared teriyaki sauce. Reserve the remaining sauce to serve as a condiment. 

  7. Serve burger patties alongside sliced Hawaiian rolls and the rest of the suggested condiments. Let guests build their sliders as they please!

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Grilled Swordfish with Furikake Butter

Because sometimes simpler is better.

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We’re at that time of year when we’re still recovering from the craziness of the holidays, and if you’re anything like me, you’re craving those simple, easy meals that come together in a flash while still delivering loads of delicious flavor. This Grilled Swordfish with Furikake Butter is one such meal, and I can guarantee that it will change your life.


But seriously, once you go down the path of compound butters (i.e. mixing spices, herbs and other flavorings into your favorite high-quality butter), you’ll never turn back. The hardest part is remembering to put some butter out ahead of time to let it come to room temperature for easy mixing. Thinking up all of the delicious ways you can use said compound butter? I don’t think that’s going to be a problem for you.

I was first introduced to compound butters when I worked a short stint in a French bistro in Honolulu, and all I can say is it was a life-changing experience. Compound butters basically cut your prep time in half, seeing as the herbs and other flavorings are already mixed into the butter you’d use in the recipe anyhow.

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They are THE perfect answer to any sort of grilled, roasted or pan-fried meat or seafood. Just plop a pat on top of your already cooked protein, dish it up with a vibrant veggie side dish, and a simple, balanced dinner is ready for your kitchen table.

Speaking of vibrant veggie side dishes, can we talk a bit about these Haricots Verts and Snow Peas with Hazelnut and Orange that I whipped up to serve with my oh-so-delicious Grilled Swordfish with Furikake Butter?

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One of my favorite gifts I received this Christmas was Ottolenghi: The Cookbook. I have been dying to get my hands on said cookbook for oh, at least six months now, and my little sis pulled through. Although I’ve never had the privilege of eating at any of his restaurants, everything I’ve read about him, and all of the recipes I’ve seen that are created by him, have been right up my alley. Mostly vegetable- and herb-based, but with no strict dietary callouts. Yes, you will find gluten in his recipes and yes, there are still meats and cheeses making appearances, but veggies are the star of the show. The perfect “balance” if you ask me!

So, after Christmas the hubs had to come back to Santa Barbara for work, but I stayed up north since we had a wedding (and Tahoe trip!) over New Year’s weekend. I made the horrible mistake of sending my new cookbook home with him, and consequently spent many laid-back afternoons and evenings wishing I had it to pore through and even make a recipe or two from.

Needless to say, as soon as I got back home I excitedly started flipping through all of the recipes and marking which ones I wanted to try (um, basically all of them!) When I saw that this Grilled Swordfish with Furikake Butter was scheduled on my editorial calendar for this week, I couldn’t wait to make these Haricots Verts and Snow Peas to go with it!

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If you want to make delicious vegetable-filled dishes (or super tasty baked goods, for that matter), I HIGHLY recommend that you invest in Ottolenghi: The Cookbook. And if you already have it, do you have any favorite recipes you’ve made from it?

Anywho, back to this Grilled Swordfish with Furikake Butter. As I mentioned, it is so easy, with minimal mess and cleanup, and requires very few ingredients. It also comes together in less than 20 minutes, plus just a little bit of time for the butter to reset in the refrigerator.

I got the idea for furikake compound butter when my dad and I were in Honolulu this past fall, as furikake is a pretty popular condiment over there and we were enjoying it in EVERYTHING.  If you’re not familiar with it, it’s basically a Japanese seasoning blend made up of seaweed, sesame seeds, dried fish and other things. It’s amazing, and surprisingly not too hard to find here on the mainland. Any grocery store with a big Asian section should have it, but you can also order it on Amazon.

As I mentioned, the hardest part about this recipe is planning it far enough in advance to take out some of your favorite high-quality butter (I prefer Kerrygold) and let it come to room temperature so you can easily mix in the furikake. I used my mini food processor to mix everything together, but you could also do it by hand or use a pastry blender.

Once you have the furikake mixed evenly throughout the butter, you’ll want to roll it up into a log using saran wrap (also known as “au torchon” in culinary speak) and place it in the refrigerator to re-harden so you can cut it into pats for on top of your swordfish.

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While your butter is in the refrigerator, you can grill up the swordfish. We’re keeping the seasoning simple for this one, since most of the flavor is going to come from the furikake butter. A little spray (or brush) of oil to keep the fish from sticking, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice and you’re good to go. Grilled only takes 4-8 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of your swordfish filets) and then you’re ready to rock and roll!

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If you’re not a fan of swordfish, you could easily substitute another type of fish or even steak or chicken. Either way, the dish is going to be delicious. Now what are you waiting for? Time to get some fish on the grill for dinner tonight!

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Grilled Swordfish with Furikake Butter
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

A simple, protein-filled recipe - grilled swordfish is topped with a delicious compound butter laced with furikake, the classic Japanese seasoning.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 2 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons high-quality butter, at room temperature (I prefer Kerrygold)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons furikake
  • 2 swordfish filets (about 3/4 - 1 pound total)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine butter and furikake in a small food processor or mixing bowl. Mix until furikake is evenly incorporated into the butter. Using a spatula, scoop the butter onto a piece of saran wrap in the shape of a log. Using the saran wrap as a guide, roll the butter into a log shape. Place in refrigerator for at least 15-20 minutes to reharden.

  2. In the meantime, prepare your swordfish. First, turn your gas grill on medium to heat up. Next, prep the swordfish by first spraying or brushing with olive oil, then squeezing on lemon juice and finally seasoning with salt and pepper. 

  3. Place swordfish on the grill and cook on one side for 4-8 minutes, depending on the thickness of your filets. Flip over and cook for another 4-8 minutes, or until swordfish looks cooked through and is no longer incredibly tender to the touch. 

  4. Remove swordfish from grill and plate up immediately. Remove furikake butter from the refrigerator and cut two pats (about 1/8 of an inch thick each) per swordfish filet. Place on top of swordfish and serve immediately with whatever veggie side you desire!

Recipe Notes

You will have plenty of furikake butter left over for anything you want to use it on. The possibilities are endless: on top of other proteins, grilled vegetables, or even to season popcorn!

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Dinner is served.