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Herb Encrusted Rack of Lamb - Lamb Chops


If you're looking for an elegant meal to serve your family or dinner guests then Rack of Lamb is an excellent choice. Most racks have 8 ribs regardless of how much meat is on them. One rack will generally serve two people.

There are many variations on herb mixtures which can enhance the flavor though even roasted with simply salt and pepper can result in a succulent and flavorful meal.

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Ingredients...

  • Rack of Lamb (Frenched - end of bones exposed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 3 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Here's how you do it...
  1. In a spice mill or mortar & pestle, grind or pulverize the rosemary, parsley, thyme, minced garlic, and olive oil into a thick paste.
  2. Sprinkle the lamb with the salt & pepper.
  3. Press the herb paste you made onto the round meaty portion of the rack of lamb.
  4. Optional: Press on the grated Parmesan cheese.
  5. Place on a prepared shallow baking pan (I line mine with parchment or foil for easy clean up)
  6. Roast in the center of a preheated 450F oven for 10 minutes.
  7. Reduce temperature to 400F and cook for another 15-18 minutes for medium rare. For medium doneness 18-20 minutes.
  8. Cut in two-boned portions. One rack with 8 ribs will yield 4 two-boned portions.
Serve & Enjoy. Your guests will be licking their fingers.