Recipe of the month: Pistachio crusted New Zealand lamb loin

Pistachio crusted New Zealand lamb loin with potato and parsnip gratin, roasted carrot puree, parsnip cream and baby seasonal vegetables

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Enjoy our recipe of the month, a Pistachio crusted New Zealand lamb loin from the Foredeck Restaurant at Bay of Many Coves in Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand

New Zealand Lamb Loin

Serves 5

850g lamb loin
50g Dîjon mustard
150g pistachios, blitzed to a crumb

Gratin
300g parsnip, peeled
450g potatoes, peeled
450ml full fat cream
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 shallot
2 cloves garlic,
crushed & roughly chopped
1/2tsp nutmeg powder

Roasted carrot purée
250g carrot, peeled & chopped
40ml canola oil
2 cloves garlic
1 shallot

Parsnip cream
100g parsnip, peeled & chopped
100ml cream
1tbs unsalted butter

15 cherry tomatoes
150g broccoli, small florets
5 each purple, yellow & orange
baby carrots
50g kale

Let's cook:

Coat the loin in the mustard and roll into a cylinder. Wrap tightly in cling film and leave in the fridge overnight. Slice the parsnips and potatoes to 2mm, preferably on a mandolin. Combine the rest of the gratin ingredients with salt and pepper in a pan, bring to the boil, then leave to infuse for 45 minutes and strain. Arrange a layer of potato slices on parchment paper in a baking trayand cover with the infused cream. Follow with a parsnip layer, and continue until finished. Cover with baking paper, weight down with another tray and bake in the oven at 200˚C for 40 minutes. Be sure to save some of the infused cream for the carrot purée. Roast the carrots, oil, garlic and shallot together at 200˚C for 25 minutes or until brown and soft, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a food processor and purée with the left over infused cream. For the parsnip cream, bring the ingredients to the boil together in a medium saucepan. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the parsnips are very soft, 10–15 minutes. Uncover and cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and white pepper then purée in a blender until smooth. Unwrap and season the lamb loin, then roll in the pistachio crumbs. Roast for 8 minutes at 200˚C, rest, then slice. Quickly pan fry the cherry tomatoes and kale. Blanch the carrots and broccoli then toss all the vegetables together in a hot pan with a little butter, salt and pepper.