Often underappreciated but easy to cook, the lamb neck is wonderful as a braised item. I smoked todays lamb prior to braising and it pairs well with the classic sauce Gribiche. For added flavor and punch, something fresh and just of the season are ramps, todays was as a salsa. Also a light chervil gremoulata with blood orange zest and fresh horseradish.
The lamb can be purchased locally from Twin County Dorpers and the eggs are from a variety of farms such as todays Peeler Farms.
1 each or about 6 pounds, whole preferred.
Debone necks and smoke 45 minutes
Sear in cast iron pan.
2 carrot, cut large dice
1 celery stalk, large dice
2 onion, large dice
1 whole head of garlic
2 cups veal stock
2 cups cheap red wine
6 roma tomato, split
caramelize vegetables, add wine and reduce by half, add veal stock and reduce by half, place lamb neck in pan with vegetables and liquid, cook in oven almost 6 hours at 275 degrees until spoon tender
reserve in braising liquid and cool. Remove from liquid, and portion, about 8 portions per neck.
Heat remaining liquid and strain, reserve for service.
4 eggs, cooked, cooled, and separated
1 T sour Cream
1 T mayo
2 gherkins, fine chopped
1 T capers, fine chopped
1 T red wine vinegar
Pinch of chives
Pinch of capers
1 T Dijon mustard
Splash of worchestershire sauce
Boil eggs. Press yolks through fine mesh screen. Press whites through fine mesh screen. Add remaining ingredients and mix well, season
2 cups Virginia Ramps, chopped
2 cups arugula
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Blend in food processor, season with salt and pepper