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#1 Thu 21 Feb 13 3:56am

MattCook

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Occupation Retail Product Manager/ Food Blogger
From Perth, Australia
Member since Tue 13 Nov 12

Lamb Rack catering help

Hi everyone.

My sister recently got engaged and I was silly enough to put my hand up for catering the engagement party yikes . I'm just wondering if anyone can provide some tips on how to have lamb racks prepped and ready pop into the oven when its time. Can I brown them ahead of time? or do I run the risk of overcooking them as they would rest too long?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated  big_smile

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#2 Thu 21 Feb 13 9:00am

Maree

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From Newcastle, Australia
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Re: Lamb Rack catering help

Hi Matt. How many are you catering for?

Personally, I wouldn't risk par-cooking in advance for the reason you give. Do you have to have lamb racks (or any similar dish)? Difficult to cook for a crowd. That's why catered events tend to be finger food/canapés or "stewed stuff". More easily managed in advance.

What facilities do you have available? Will you have help in the kitchen?

I haven't been much practical help but I hope I've given you "food for thought".

Hope it turns out for you (and your sister)  crossed  smile


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#3 Thu 21 Feb 13 10:30am

MattCook

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From Perth, Australia
Member since Tue 13 Nov 12

Re: Lamb Rack catering help

Thanks Marree smile

There are 75 invited but i'm sure all wont attend and there are 2 other dishes on the menu (butter chicken and lasagne) all the meals were picked because they are my sister and parters favourite meals. The trouble is all the RSVP's so far are coming back with the lamb rack selected (minus a few) so i just want to prepare for the worst haha.

As for help I will have my dad and girlfriend in the kitchen too. The engagement is at my parents house but they have 2 big ovens plus another smaller one and plenty of stove top space so we should hopefully manage a mad rush of lamb racks.. hopefully being the key word smile

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#4 Thu 21 Feb 13 12:54pm

Maree

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From Newcastle, Australia
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Re: Lamb Rack catering help

Are you intending to seal the lamb on the stove top and finish in the oven?

Again, hope it goes well.

Good luck  thumbsup


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#5 Fri 22 Feb 13 12:08am

MattCook

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From Perth, Australia
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Re: Lamb Rack catering help

That is the plan smile

Thanks  big_smile

I'll let you know how it all turns out  crossed

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#6 Fri 22 Feb 13 2:36am

Maree

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From Newcastle, Australia
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Re: Lamb Rack catering help

Look forward to hearing about your success, Matt smile


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#7 Fri 22 Feb 13 10:26pm

sergio1972

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Re: Lamb Rack catering help

Hi Mattcook, I dont want to discourage you in such an important day, but even if only 60 people show up and with 3 in the kitchen, that means each of you will be preparing 20 portions at once...
Not to mention cooking times. Unlike lasagna and chicken, rack of lamb - to be properly served - is one of those dishes where people actually choose rare, medium or well done. And some wont eat well done (like me) and some wont eat rare. So how will you know everbody's preferences?
I admire your courage and most of all hope you do well, but I certainly wouldnt run that risk...
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#8 Fri 22 Feb 13 11:15pm

Maree

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From Newcastle, Australia
Member since Sat 10 Mar 07

Re: Lamb Rack catering help

Hi Sergio, that is the opinion I have, too. I rarely (no pun intended) eat meat but when I do, it must be rare (blue, preferably) or I can't eat it.

I wish Matt all the luck but I wouldn't (and don't) cook such cuts of meat for a crowd. It becomes too unwieldy.


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#9 Mon 15 Apr 13 6:06am

MattCook

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From Perth, Australia
Member since Tue 13 Nov 12

Re: Lamb Rack catering help

Well the engagement party was on Saturday night. And I'm glad to say the catering went extremely well. I managed to slow cook the lamb rack so it was nice and tender but not pink to cater for everyone and they all seemed to enjoy it (or at least said they did)
Thanks for the advice smile

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#10 Mon 15 Apr 13 6:26am

Maree

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From Newcastle, Australia
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Re: Lamb Rack catering help

Glad it went well, Matt smile.


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