Roasted Rack of Lamb with Rosemary and Garlic
Effortlessly impressive to serve on special occasions, yet simple to prepare for everyday meal, you’ll never go wrong with this roasted rack of lamb infused with rosemary and garlic.
When you’re planning a menu for a special occasion, say New Year’s Eve, do you go with something elaborate, like lasagna? Or something quick and simple – and preferably make ahead – but still festive enough for celebration?
It’s no brainer for me. I always go with something quick and easy, but still special enough for holiday table.
That’s probably why, roasted rack of lamb has been our traditional New Year’s Eve dinner for the last 4 years. I mean it’s as simple as 1-2-3. Defrost. Marinade. Roast. And you get all the time to work on your fabulous dessert table, which is way more important, right?
The distinctive lamb taste (you know, the kind of game-y flavors) doesn’t require heavy seasoning. In fact, the simpler, the better. You don’t want to mask that amazing unique flavor of lamb with too much spices.
Out of many variations I’ve tried, I keep coming back to fresh rosemary and garlic with a touch of nutmeg and cayenne pepper. The flavors compliment each other well and add a nice kick to juicy tender lamb.
Good news: you practically can’t mess up this recipe. Well, unless you overcook it. Don’t overcook it! Medium rare is usually best for rack of lamb.
I promise, you won’t be disappointed with this meal on a special occasion. Give it a try!
Thanks for reading.
Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb
Yield: 4 servings
- 2lbs frenched rack of lambs (about 2 racks with about 8 ribs)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- In a small dish, combine salt and spices. Sprinkle seasoning evenly all over the lamb.
- Add olive oil and minced garlic in a large zip lock bag and spread it evenly inside the bag.
- Put the racks of lamb into the bag and place the rosemary on each side.
- Squeeze out the air and zip the bag. Massage it slightly so that olive oil, garlic and all other spices are evenly distributed.
- Marinate the lamb for at least an hour, or overnight. Bring it to room temperature before cooking.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Place the lamb racks on a baking sheet lined with foil.
- Roast for 20-30 minutes depending how you like it done. The internal temperature should reach at least 130-140°F for medium rare. Broil for 2-3 minutes to add a little char before taking it out.
- Cover with foil and rest for about 5 minutes before serving.
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This recipe was originally published on January 28th, 2014.
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