Recipe for Carre D'agneau En Croute


4 (3/4 to 1-lb.) racks of lamb
5 tablespoon butter
1 lb fresh mushrooms, finely diced
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 salt and pepper to taste
6 oz puff pastry dough
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 (madeira sauce):
2 shallots, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
3 cup brown sauce
1 salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup madeira wine


Bone the lamb racks. Trim off any fat and mem- branous tissue. Melt 4 tbs. butter in a large saute pan over high heat. Add lamb racks & sear on all sides til browned. Remove from heat & refrigerate til cool. Melt remaining butter & saute the mushrooms & shallots til tender. Season with salt & pepper & allow to cool. Pre- heat oven to 375 F. Spread mushroom mixture over cooled lamb racks. Roll out puff pastry dough very thinly. Cut into pieces ample enough to wrap racks. Beat egg and milk together & brush again with egg wash, taking care to seal edges with the wash. Bake in preheated oven 15 mins., or til nicely browned. Serve w/Madeira Sauce.

MADEIRA SAUCE: Saute shallots in butter til tender. Stir in brown sauce & simmer 15 mins. Season w/salt & pepper, remove from heat. Stir in wine. (Brown sauce can either be made from beef dripping or bought at gourmet store.)

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