Grilled Lamb with Cauliflower Crab Mash
I’ve gotten myself in an unpleasant predicament here. I wish my story behind this was more interesting, but unfortunately, it is not. As I was about to unload my groceries this past weekend, I stepped into a crevice of sorts and……
So here I sit with my leg elevated as told by every medical and non medical person. Ice, elevate and rest. REST? I hardly sit down to rest unless I have someone to sit down with me! Crutches are new to me, I’m practically falling over them and have already developed a blister on my palm in just the first day. This is not going to be fun. I spent day number 1 full of pity for myself, but it’s a new day, a new beginning and a new attitude.
Never one to allow myself to dwell on problems, I’m hopping around my kitchen, wondering how will I shower, how the dogs will take a walk, how do I drive my car as it is my right ankle and how can I cook and elevate my foot at the same time?!!
Well, it seems with a bit of determined and hopping on one foot, I pulled together Sunday’s dinner. Lamb is a quick grill and I marinated these for just 30 minutes on the countertop. The cauliflower crab mash could easily be substituted with potatoes as I originally had made several years back but now prefer to use the cauliflower. If I don’t point out that it’s cauliflower to my son, he never comments. I could eat the crab mash on its own too, it’s really that good. I have also taken it, adding in an egg yolk, a touch of white wine and baking in individual ramekins.
Grilled Lamb with Cauliflower Crab Mash
For the Lamb:
8 frenched lamb chops
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Combine all the marinade ingredients in a ceramic or glass baking dish. Add in the lamb, turning to coat and let stand for 30 minutes.
Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill. Remove lamb from marinade and grill for 3 minutes, turn and grill another 3 minutes for a total of 6 minutes, no longer for just a pink center. Transfer to plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
For the Cauliflower Crab Mash:
1 large cauliflower, cut in small florets
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter plus 1 more to sauté crab
1/4 cup heavy cream
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
8 oz crab claw meat, carefully picked through to remove shells
2 – 3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional for a touch of spice
Place cauliflower florets into a large pot. Add water to cover and bring to boil, reduced to simmer and continue until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain well and transfer to food processor. Puree the cauliflower, garlic, parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons of butter and cream until smooth. Remove to large bowl and keep warm.
Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet. Saute the green onion lightly and add in the crab meat. Gently heat and stir without breaking the clumps. Add the crab mixture to the cauliflower bowl and gently stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper and cayenne.
I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.
Oh no! Your poor foot – I know it is hard, but being particularly pone to accidents has lead me to believe in the power of “taking it easy.” 🙂
That lamb looks fantastic – I bet the crab in the sauce made it fantastically decadent!
I do believe that there is a reason behind everything and taking it easy is most likely what I need to learn from this!
Now this is something only a superhero could do! You pulled off this beautiful meal with a bum flipper! I truly hope your foot feels better soon. I know that’s not an easy thing. I was on crutches back in high school and I wasn’t one to ever sit still either. (I’m still not.) Hang in there! Thinking of you and sending you quick heeling vibes. 🙂
Thanks Kristy, I could use all the healing vibes sent my way!
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This is such a fantastic looking meal, I can’t believe you made it hopping around the kitchen. I hope you get used to the crutches soon and can get off them soon too.
You´re a marvel – crutches and cooking?! Can´t believe it. Do hope you heal soon but do take that advice and get as much rest as you can. The recipe looks amazing (love the idea of the crab and cauiflower….yum!). Take care 😉
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Oh you poor thing! And such a lovely meal, too! Take care of yourself!
Ow ow 🙁 Hope the foot heals up soon! Sitting still is so uncomfortable. But if you whipped up this meal despite the injury–kudos! I love mashed cauliflower but haven’t made it in forever, thanks for reminding me of it 🙂
I am so sorry for your ankle! Yet, you managed to pull off a great recipe!! I Love the cauliflower crab mash! Very tasty and creative!
From one who has spent more than her fair-share of time on crutches – get some of the moleskin that hikers use in their shoes to wrap the handles. It should be easier on your palms that way… Think of the rest of it as an ‘enforced upper-body workout’. How much would it cost at the gym to have someone work you like this? 🙂
The mash looks great. Never thought of adding the crab meat – I will next time, though!
Thanks for the tip! I will have to searc out moleskin! And, yes, I do feel that I’m getting a great upper body workout for sure!
Maris (in Good Taste)
I hope you fell better soon. This is a gourmet meal you got there!
Hope your recovery is speedy! Great looking dish!
Please take care of yourself. I have broken my foot twice…crutches are not fun. An amazing dinner on one foot.
So sorry to hear of your mishap but amazed that you were able to pull of so great a meal! I once tried using crutches and failed miserably — and all I did was try to walk around a room. SpiceGirlFLA? More like WonderWomanFLA.
LOL! That’s a new name for sure!! Honestly I can hop better on one foot than use these crutches!
Geni - Sweet and Crumby
Linda…that sounds awful! So sorry and what a pain in the a$$ or foot I guess. I can’t believe you still managed to cook that gorgeous meal! The crab mash sounds out of this world. Tonight I am trying your recipe for Quinoa Tabbouleh. Take care sweetie!
Thank you Geni. It’s a real inconvience but I’m managing! I hope you enjoy the quinoa tabbouleh!
Linda, I cannot believe that you cooked…you are amazing…I’d just use as excuse and not move 🙂
The lamb looks delicious and absolutely beautiful paired with mash cauliflower and crab…
Hope you feel better and have a great week ahead 🙂
Poor you! Poor leg! Please be careful. 🙂 This looks amazing. Did you change your blog design? Or am I confused. I might just be confused.
Wonderful looking meal and all done on one leg?! I think I would have used the unfortunate injury as a well-earned excuse to relax and enjoy what’s left of the summer! I love lamb – Always good to see new ways to fix it up! 🙂 Get well soon!
Love the recipe and hope you heal quickly!
Oh no Linda! I hope you recover soon. Seriously I don’t know how you pulled such a wonderful meal together. I think I would have just ordered carryout or had my husband and the boys cook.
I want to try your cauliflower crab mash, it sounds delicous. I really need to experiment more with cauliflower and crab. Again I hope your food heals quickly and take it easy!
Perfection on a plate right there – all that and hobbling about – exceptional! Hope your foot heals soon.
Oh, my gosh! I am so sorry for you! I have been away and behind on reading your blog, stopped by and saw this great recipe, but with such a sad twist to it…
I hope you will recover quickly, I know how much you enjoy being active and fit, an injury like this must be hard to take…
Hang in there….. sending you positive vibes…. and a virtual hug!