Chinese-style Ribs

  • 1 (6-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • cup honey
  • ¾ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • teaspoons five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 5 – 6 pounds pork spareribs (2 racks, 2 1/2- to 3-pounds each), preferably St. Louis-style, cut into individual ribs
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  1. Pulse ginger and garlic in food processor until finely chopped, 10 to 12 pulses, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Sautee on low in a Dutch oven while adding remaining ingredients. Whisk together remaining seasoning ingredients with 1/2 cup water, add to pot. Add ribs and stir to coat (ribs will not be fully submerged). Bring to simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 1¼ hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Using tongs, transfer ribs to large bowl. Strain braising liquid through fine-mesh strainer set over large container, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids. Let cooking liquid settle for 10 minutes. Using wide, shallow spoon, skim fat from surface and discard.
  3. Return braising liquid to pot and add sesame oil. Bring to boil over high heat and cook until syrupy and reduced to 2½ cups, 16 to 20 minutes.
  4. Set wire rack in aluminum foil–lined rimmed baking sheet and pour ½ cup water into sheet. Transfer half of ribs to pot with braising liquid and toss to coat. Arrange ribs, bone sides up, on prepared rack, letting excess glaze drip off. Roast until edges of ribs start to caramelize, 5 to 7 minutes. Flip ribs and continue to roast until second side starts to caramelize, 5 to 7 minutes longer. Transfer ribs to serving platter; repeat process with remaining ribs. Serve.

TO MAKE AHEAD: At end of step 3, refrigerate ribs and glaze separately, covered, for up to 2 days. When ready to serve, bring glaze and half of ribs to simmer in Dutch oven over medium heat, then proceed with step

Roasted Leg of Lamb

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 medium shallot, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 6 anchovy filets, minced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 boneless leg of lamb, 3-5 lbs.
  1. Trim lamb of fat and silver connective tissue. Butterfly lamb and cut into 2-3 pieces that can roll into individual roasts.
  2. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 275°F. Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add garlic, shallot, anchovies, rosemary, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots and garlic are softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl. Add salt and pepper and mix with a fork to combine.
  3. Rub half mixture into insides of lamb roasts. Roll and tie securely at 1-inch intervals with butcher’s twine. Rub remaining mixture over exterior of lamb roasts. Cook immediately or let rest uncovered in the refrigerator for up to one night for best flavor and texture.
  4. When ready to cook, place lamb on a wire rack set in a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to oven and roast until an instant read thermometer inserted into coolest section of lamb registers 125°F to 130°F (52°C – 54°C)for medium-rare, checking after 10 minutes, then every 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 20 minutes.
  5. While lamb is resting, add butter and rosemary to a skillet. Baste lamb with butter to sear outside. Remove and let rest 5 minutes. Remove twine with kitchen shears, transfer lamb to cutting board, slice into 1/4 inch slices, and serve.