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Lamb Neck Gravy with whipped ricotta and garlic crostini

By Flavor & The Menu
April 19, 2019

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Matt Ifkovitz

Good things come to those who wait. At Pennsylvania 6 DC, a modern American concept known for its raw bar and sophisticated plates, the culinary team had to wait for the Lamb Neck Gravy to become a hit. “It had a slow start on the menu, but when the word got out, it really took off,” says Matt Ifkovitz, Corporate Executive Chef of Table 95 Hospitality Group, which operates Pennsylvania 6 DC.

In this case, “gravy” means Italian sauce. Served as an appetizer with garlic crostini and homemade whipped ricotta, the Lamb Neck Gravy offers a shareable appetizer with a nostalgic nod to homestyle cooking.

After lamb necks are braised in the oven for five hours, the meat is pulled off the bone and folded into a gravy whose star ingredients are San Marzano tomatoes, Chianti and smoky bacon. Guests scoop the warm gravy onto crostini, and can mix in a dollop of ricotta for a fresh dairy flavor.

By investing the time into careful preparation, the gravy has become a signature appetizer with crossover potential. “Reminiscent of your Italian grandmother’s pasta sauce, the gravy can easily be served over pasta,” says Ifkovitz. He does just that, cross-utilizing the gravy in a Braised Lamb Ragout entrée.

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