Amy and Tyson - Lamb Brains
with Cauliflower Puree, Sriracha Aioli and Pickles
Prep time: 45 mins Cook time: 50 mins Serves: 4
4 lamb brains, halved
Vegetable Oil, to deep fry
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
2tbs parsley, finely chopped
1tbs parmersan, finely grated
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
2 egss, lightly beaten
Seasoned plain flour, to dust
1tbs lemon juice
60ml olive oil
2tbs sriracha chilli sauce
Salt and pepper, to season
1/2 small cauliflower, broken into florets
1 small leek, chopped
1tbs olive oil
3tbs unsalted butter, softened
1½ tsp fresh thyme, chopped
375ml white vinegar
1tbs caster sugar
2tsp mustard seeds
2tsp coriander seeds
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 spring onions, chopped
3tbs fresh dill, chopped
3 bay leaves
4 baby cucumbers, seeded, cut into 2cm cubes
1/2 small cauliflower, broken into 2cm florets
1 onion, quartered
1 large carrot, roughly chopped
1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
1 leek (white part only), washed, sliced
3 large garlic cloves, crushed
2 bay leaves
1/2 bunch thyme
1/2 bunch parsley
1tsp black peppercorns
- To make aioli, process eggs and juice in a food processor until well combined. With the motor running, gradually add oil, drop by drop at first, then in a thin, steady stream until thick and emulsified. Stir in sriracha. Season and refrigerate until needed.
- To make cauliflower purée, preheat oven to 180C. Place cauliflower and leek in a roasting dish. Drizzle with oil and roast for 20 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a medium saucepan and pour over milk. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until soft. Drain, reserving 4 tablespoons of milk.
- Transfer cauliflower and leek to a blender. Add butter and reserved milk, and blend until smooth. Add thyme. Pulse to combine, then season.
- To make pickles, stir vinegar, sugar, spices and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
- Place remaining ingredients in a heatproof bowl. Pour over vinegar mixture and set aside to cool.
- Place poaching liquid ingredients with 1.25L (5 cups) water in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add lamb brains and simmer for 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove brains and set aside to cool. Discard poaching liquid.
- Once cool, trim brains to neaten.
- Fill a deep-fryer or large saucepan one-third full with vegetable oil and heat over medium heat to 180C (or until a cube of bread turns golden in 10 seconds). Combine breadcrumbs, parmesan, parsley and chilli in a bowl. Combine eggs and milk in another bowl. Working in batches, dust brains in flour, then dip into batter, allow excess batter to drain off, then coat in breadcrumb mixture. Gently drop brains into the oil and fry, turning halfway, for 2-3 minutes or until crisp and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
- Divide purée among serving plates and top with brains. Serve with pickles and aioli to the side.