Tea-smoked Australian Lamb Loin with Radish-Celery Salad

Adapted by StarChefs.com
September 2013
Yield: 16 servings

INGREDIENTS:

Tea-smoked Australian Lamb Loin
2 cups salt
2 cups Szechuan peppercorns
3 pounds Australian lamb loin
½ cup dried green tea
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup white rice
½ cup sugar
¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Radish and Celery Salad
2 cups vegetable oil
⅓ cup minced garlic
⅓ cup minced shallot
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 cup fish sauce
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons water
2 tablespoons gochujang Korean chile paste
⅓ cup minced sun-dried tomatoes
¼ cup Chinese black beans, soaked 30 minutes, rinsed, and coarsely chopped
2 jalapeños seeded, minced
black pepper
2 pounds radishes, quartered
4 ounces celery, cut into ¼-inch slices
To Assemble and Serve
1 bunch watercress, picked
12 mint leaves

METHOD:

For the Tea-smoked Australian Lamb Loin:
In a large sauté pan over medium heat, combine and toast salt and Szechuan peppercorns until mixture begins to smoke. Remove from heat and cool completely. Place lamb on sheet tray with rack and rub with cure. Cure lamb 4 hours at room temperature. Rinse cure from lamb under cold running water, pat dry, and return to rack. Line a large sauté pan with 2 layers of aluminum foil. Whisk together green tea, flour, rice, and sugar; add to pan. Heat pan over medium flame for 3 minutes, until mixture begins to smoke. Place rack with lamb over pan and loosely cover with foil; smoke 5 to 8 minutes. Remove rack with lamb from pan and return to tray; cool. Heat water bath of an immersion circulator to 125°F. Seal lamb in vacuum bag with olive oil and garlic and cook sous vide until lamb reaches 125ºF.

Radish-Celery Salad:
In a sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil and sweat garlic, shallot, and ginger until tender. Transfer mixture to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Add fish and soy sauces, vinegar, water, gochujang, sun-dried tomatoes, black beans, and jalapeños and stir to combine. Slowly drizzle in remaining oil, whisking to combine. Season with black pepper, toss with radishes and celery, and marinate in refrigerator.

To Assemble and Serve:
Drain Radish-Celery Salad, reserving salad and dressing separately. Combine watercress and mint with salad. Remove Tea-smoked Australian Lamb Loin from vacuum bag and sear 1½ minutes on all sides in hot dry pan; rest 5 minutes. Slice lamb and top with salad. Drizzle with reserved dressing.