Australian Lamb, Cooked in Ash with Smoked Eggplant Purée, Miso, Bonito Dressing, and Black Garlic

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Yield: 8 to 10 Servings


Vegetable Ash
2 eggplants
3 onions
3 leeks
6 carrots
Malt Ash
390 grams flour
100 grams malt flour
100 grams hazelnut flour
4 grams salt
75 grams dark beer
150 grams cold butter, cubed
Bacon Ash
30 grams rendered bacon fat
75 grams toasted black sesame seeds
25 grams honey
125 grams taioca maltodextrin
4 grams salt
Miso Eggplant Purée
3 peeled eggplants
4 shallots
8 cloves garlic
40 grams white miso
400 grams olive oil
xanthan gum
Smoked Eggplant Purée
4 eggplants
Blis maple syrup syrup
olive oil
xanthan gum
Lamb Fat Vinaigrette
25 grams yuzu juice
70 grams soy sauce
30 grams acid from pickled green garlic
20 aged balsamic vinegar
12 freshly shaved bonito
30 finely chopped pickled green garlic
60 grams rendered lamb fat
Black Garlic-Eggplant Tuile
Non-stick spray
Peeled black garlic cloves
Black Sesame Oil
150 grams toasted black sesame seeds
75 grams grape seed oil
50 grams roasted sesame oil
1 gram salt
Australian Lamb
Australian lamb shoulder
lamb fat
garlic cloves
Black cardamom
To Assemble and Serve


For the Vegetable Ash

Preheat the oven to 275°F. Slice the eggplants, onions, leeks, and carrots and place in ash covered coals until charred. Remove from the fire and bake in the oven until completely dry. Grind and pass through a fine-meshed sieve. 

For the Malt Ash

Preheat the oven to 320°F. Combine the flour, malt flour, hazelnut flour, salt, beer and butter in a food processor and blend until the mixture forms small lumps. Put the mixture on a parchment-lined sheet tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Rotate the tray, and continue baking for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. When completely cold, grind the mixture in a food processor until it forms a fine crumb. Mix in a little vegetable ash for the desired color and flavor. 

For the Bacon Ash

Combine the fat, sesame seeds, honey, tapioca maltodextrin and salt. Split the mixture in half. Cover half in liquid nitrogen until it is completely frozen. Blend it until it forms a powder then remove from the blender. Blend the other half until the mixture forms a fine crumb. Combine the 2 powders.

For the Miso Eggplant Puree

Slice the eggplants into 1-inch rounds and cure with an equal amounts of salt and sugar cure for 45 minutes. Rinse the eggplant slices under cold water and seal in a cryovac bag with the shallots, garlic, white miso, and olive oil. Cook in simmering water until very tender. Blend and adjust the consistency with the xanthan gum.

For the Smoked Eggplant Purée

Put the eggplants uncovered in ashed coals and roast until tender. Scrape the pulp away from the skin and place the flesh with a little skin in a pot. Cook over medium heat until most of the moisture has been cooked out. Blend the mixture and season with salt, maple syrup and olive oil. Adjust the consistency with xanthan gum. 

For the Lamb Fat Vinaigrette

Combine the yuzu juice, soy sauce, acid, vinegar, bonito, and pickled green garlic. Whisk in the lamb fat to form a broken vinaigrette. 

For the Black Garlic-Eggplant Tuile

Spray a sheet of acetate lightly with non-stick spray and wipe clean. Randomly smash and spread the black garlic on the sheet, creating a thin layer with lots of space in between for the eggplant purée to show through. Dry the tuiles for 1 hour above an oven, then spread a thin layer of miso eggplant purée over the garlic and dry over the oven again. When the tuiles are completely dry but pliable, mold them over the back of egg cartons and dehydrate. 

For the Black Sesame Oil

Blend the sesame seeds, grape seed oil, sesame oil and salt together until smooth.

For the Australian Lamb

Season the lamb shoulder to your liking with the salt and sous vide for 36 hours. When ready to plate, pull a small portion of lamb off the bone and sear in lamb fat, butter, garlic cloves and black cardamom. Finish directly in the fire, count to 5 and remove it from the fire. Too much smoke will over-power the flavor of the lamb.

To Assemble and Serve

Spread a small amount of smoked eggplant purée on the bottom of a plate. Gently roll the lamb in the ash and plate on top of the purée. Spoon some of the lamb fat vinaigrette and black sesame oil over alone with some of the ash and top with the dried black garlic and wasabi.