I feel like the rack of lamb is an intimidating looking cut of meat. It’s oddly shaped, covered in fat, and has bones sticking out of it. Not exactly your typical filet. But I promise, it’s not a difficult cut of meat to cook successfully, and guests will be impressed when it comes out of the oven. And even more impressed when they actually eat it.
I meant to take a picture before I cut the rack into chops, but I got into my kitchen groove as I usually do, and completely forgot. So instead you get chops, deal with it.
I know a lot of people don’t like lamb, because they’ve probably had not-so-good lamb that tastes gamey and fowl. But I promise you, if/when you have a good piece of lamb, your mind will be changed. That’s why I have lamb on the menu (with alternate options of course) at my Colorado wedding, because Colorado lamb is crazy good.
Rack of Lamb with Rosemary Butter (Food and Wine)
2 racks of lamb, 8 bones each, chine bones removed and rib bones frenched
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 large rosemary sprigs
1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
1 teaspoon finely chopped mint
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Light a grill or preheat the oven to 375°. Season the lamb with salt and pepper.
If grilling, melt the butter in the olive oil in a small saucepan. When the coals are covered in white ash, grill the lamb over low heat for about 40 minutes, turning every 2 to 3 minutes and brushing the racks with the rosemary sprigs dipped in the butter mixture. The lamb is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 125° for rare.
If pan-roasting the lamb, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large ovenproof skillet. Add the lamb racks, fat sides down, and cook over moderately high heat until the racks are browned all over, about 5 minutes. Add the rosemary sprigs and the remaining 1 tablespoon each of butter and oil to the skillet. Spoon some of the fat over the lamb. Roast for about 30 minutes, basting once or twice with the rosemary sprigs and fat and turning the racks halfway through. The lamb is done when an instant-read thermometer registers 125° for rare.
Transfer the lamb to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Carve the racks into chops. Sprinkle with the chopped thyme, mint and parsley and serve.