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2ouncesfresh herbs: I like a combination of equal parts rosemarythyme, and sage, combined with some chopped Italian parsley, but other herbs like savory could also be used. You’ll need about 5 tablespoons of finely chopped herbs in total.
4tablespoonstoasted breadcrumbspreferably panko
1tablespoonflavorless oillike grapeseed or canola, for searing
Buttered Turnips (optional)
2.5lbsturnipsthe smallest you can find, peeled and cut into wedges, if the turnips are very large they could also be diced into cubes.
2tablespoonsroughly chopped Italian parsley
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
¼cupfinely chopped shallot
Prepping and seasoning the saddle
Put a small handful of rosemary, thyme, sage and parsley on the cutting board and chop all of the herbs together at the same time until fine. Reserve the herbs for seasoning the saddle.
Referring to the video below, remove the backbone from the saddle. Optionally purchase the loin roast already deboned, rolled and tied. Untie the rolled loin and follow remaining steps.
Score the fat side in a crosshatch pattern lightly to help the fat render.
Season on both sides with salt and pepper.
Lay the saddle fat side down and season with the chopped herbs, then the toasted breadcrumbs. Press the mixture down on the meat to help it adhere, then roll it up tightly, seam side down.
Tie the saddle tightly with butchers twine to ensure even cooking. Allow the saddle to come to room temperature before you start to cook it.
Cooking the saddle
Preheat the oven to 250 ℉
Heat the tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or cast iron pan (a 12 inch pan will fit a goat saddle). Turn on the oven hood, a fan, or open the window, as searing can make a little smoke and possibly set off your fire alarm. Alternately, grill the roast.
When the pan is hot, sear the saddle deeply all over,about 10-15 minutes, removing fat from the pan as it renders that you can use to cook the turnips, if using. Either way, I like to remove fat as it gathers in the pan while searing to help cut down on any smoke.
When the saddle is deeply browned, place it in a roasting pan on a rack, or on top of some carrots or vegetables so the meat doesn’t directly touch the pan, which can cause the bottom to cook faster than the rest of the roast.
Cook the saddle in the oven until a thermometer reads 135 ℉, which will come out around medium from the low temperature cooking. Allow the saddle to rest in a warm place while you prepare the turnips, if serving.
Increase the heat of the oven to 375 ℉.
Put the rendered lamb fat in a large pan and heat until just smoking. Add the turnip wedges, season with salt and pepper to taste, then cook until browned, stirring occasionally, about 5-10 minutes. If needed, transfer to turnips to the oven to finish cooking.
When the turnips are just tender, add the shallots, and butter to the pan and stir to combine. Cook the turnips for 2 minutes more, double check the seasoning for salt, adjust as needed, then finally toss with the parsley and keep warm while you carve the saddle.
Carving and serving
When the turnips are done, transfer the saddle to a cutting board and slice with a sharp knife into 1 inch slices. Arrange the sliced saddle on a warmed platter surrounded by the turnips and serve immediately.
If you don’t have a pan big enough to fit a saddle, you can brown it at 475 ℉ for 15-20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 250 ℉ until it’s finished cooking.