Lamb square cut ( carre d'agneau ) in a Persillade with Stuffed Onions and Zucchinis

Lamb square cut ( carre d'agneau ) in a Persillade with Stuffed Onions and Zucchinis
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A roast of lamb is a classic favorite to celebrate the spring season. Traditionally associated with religious feasts, the spring of lamb can symbolize the rebirth of the earth and the end of the harsh cold winter. Chef Roland Pierroz prepares a spring of lamb of exceptional quality marinated with Persillade and served with onions stuffed with zucchini and a pastry stuffed with spinach, and finally sprinkled with black truffles. This is quite a giddying dish with plenty of flavors, beautiful colors, and intoxicating smells. This will make a superb holiday feast or a main course for an extraordinary occasion. It pairs exceptionally well with a red wine from a Gamay-Pinot Noir Blend like Dole du Valais.

There are a lot of things going on in making this dish. You have to make the spinach pastry, the zucchini stuffed onions, and the Persillade which will be used to cover the baked lamb. Of course, on top of it all you have to cook and bake the roast of lamb to perfection. Timing is thus crucial in successfully executing this elegant meal.

To save time, make the pastry dough for the spinach way beforehand and chill it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve this dish. You can also make the persillade before you begin cooking the lamb.  Persillade is a mixture of finely chopped parsley, olive oil, and garlic mixed together to make a sauce or paste. This is a very versatile and useful condiment and it can be stored in the fridge for later use to top oysters or as a crust for other meats besides lamb, i.e. chicken or pork cutlets.

To make the stuffed onions, you need a large sweet and Spanish onion about the size of a tennis ball. Place two large onions in a large saucepan and cover it with water. Boil the onions for about ten to fifteen minutes or until they are tender. After they have been drained and cooled, cut them crosswise into halves and scoop out the center, leaving a half-inch shell.

40 min
40 min
Recommended Wine
Dole du Valais
  • 1 carre d’agneau (from a milk-fed lamb) about 1.76 oz.
  • 2 onions
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 egg
  • 1.8 oz. Parmesan cheese
  • puff pastry
  • 1/2 lb. spinach
  • 1/3 lb. sweetbread
  • 1.4 oz. butter
  • salt, pepper
  • a bunch of parsley
  • 1 ½ tablespoons mustard
  • 1 truffle
  • Persillade:
  • 1 ½ tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves


To prepare: Chop the lamb. Blanche the zucchinis then dice it. Salt the spinach. Beat the eggs. Ground peppers. Grate parmesan.


Cook a loin chop of spring lamb in a little oil. Add a little butter then brown the lamb. Put it in the oven. Make some lamb sauce by deglazing and cooking residue. Season the lamb with mustard then coat with a mixture of parsley and bread crumbs.


Melt some butter in a frying pan then add the zucchinis. Add a touch of shallot, some fresh butter, the eggs, and the parmesan. Season with pepper. Stir it nicely.


Grill some bits of the lamb sweetbreads in oil.


In a serving platter, set a pastry near the edge then fill with the spinach. Top with the sweetbreads then some slivered truffle. Set beside it two onion shells. Stuff the shells with the mixture of zucchinis, decorate with slices of parmesan cheese then top with some truffle.


Place the lamb in the middle of the platter. Pour some sauce around the dish. Lastly, place a sprig of parsley on the platter just beside an onion shell. Ready to serve – bon appétit!

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Reviews (4)
Ganner T.
Of all the lamb recipes that I had tried, this is my favorite. It has a distinct taste than with the other lamb recipes. The stuffed onions and zucchinis and it suites with the lamb.
, March 19, 2012
Of all the recipes I’ve followed, this recipe is one of the rarely inspiring I’ve ever worked on. It’s got so much new touches that I felt like how I did when my granny was teaching me how to cook for the first time. I was able to make a lot of varieties here like changing the zucchinis to cucumbers. I’m still busy writing and conceptualizing new recipes for tomorrow and I hope my friends could come to taste test them. Thank you chef Roland Pierroz for this.
, March 9, 2012
Now this is worth trying. The chef is really talented, hoping I could make a dish as good as this. Anyway, the recipe is here, might as well try it.
, March 7, 2012
Very classic, simple, and what a great presentation! I finally doubt my aunt would be able to say anything against next week's dinner.