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Sunflower Seed-Crusted Lamb Loin

Chef Alan Tardi serves this lamb with a variety of sauces, including a well-reduced lamb stock infused with lavender and the balsamic vinaigrette.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 2 well-trimmed boneless lamb loins ( 3/4 pound each)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds (3 1/2 ounces), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons pure olive oil
  • Lavender Balsamic Vinaigrette


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Season the lamb with salt and pepper and brush lightly with the egg white. On a dinner plate, toss the sunflower seeds with the flour. Roll the lamb loins in the seeds until evenly and thoroughly coated.
  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the lamb and cook over moderately high heat, turning with a spatula, until the sunflower seed crust is browned all over, about 2 minutes. Transfer the lamb to a baking sheet and roast for about 7 minutes for medium rare. Carve each loin into 12 slices.
  3. Arrange 3 lamb medallions on each of 8 warmed dinner plates. Drizzle some of the Lavender Balsamic Vinaigrette around the lamb and serve at once.

Suggested Pairing

This strongly flavored dish begs for a concentrated, earthy wine with an aroma of dried violet: such as, a Merlot from Washington, California Zinfandel or a red from the southern Rhône Valley.

Contributed By Photo © Simon Watson Published July 1998

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