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50 MIN
Serves : Makes 10 Crépinettes

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 400°. In a small skillet, toast the fennel seeds and black peppercorns over moderately high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes; transfer the toasted spices to a grinder and let cool completely. Finely grind the spices and transfer them to a large bowl. Add the lamb, red wine, garlic, rosemary, thyme, tarragon, salt and crushed red pepper and knead until thoroughly blended. Form the meat into ten 3-inch patties, about 1 inch thick.

Step 2    

Spread the sheet of caul fat on a work surface and cut into ten 8-inch squares. Form the crépinettes by wrapping each lamb patty in a square of caul fat, pressing to create a smooth package.

Step 3    

Heat the canola oil in a very large ovenproof skillet until shimmering. Add the lamb crépinettesand cook them over moderately high heat until golden on the bottom, 3 minutes. Flip the lamb crépinettes and cook for 2 minutes longer. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the lamb crépinettes until cooked through, 6 minutes longer. Let rest for 3 minutes. Transfer the lamb crépinettes to a platter and serve.

Make Ahead

The uncooked crépinettes can be refrigerated overnight.


Caul fat, a fatty membrane from pigs and sheep used to wrap meats and pâtés, is available at specialty butchers.

Suggested Pairing

Smooth, spicy Syrah.

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