Garlic-Crusted Roast Rack of Lamb
- ACTIVE: 10 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 45 MIN
- SERVINGS: 8
Kenny Rochford's favorite way to prepare a rack of lamb is to simply rub it with plenty of garlic, rosemary, olive oil and salt before roasting.
- 1 head of garlic, cloves peeled
- 1/4 cup rosemary leaves
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 racks of lamb, frenched (2 pounds each)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- In a mini food processor, combine the garlic, rosemary and olive oil and process until the garlic is finely chopped. Season the lamb racks with salt and pepper and rub the garlic-rosemary oil all over them. Set the racks fat side up on a large rimmed baking sheet and let stand for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 450°. Roast the lamb in the upper third of the oven for 15 minutes. Turn the racks and roast for 10 minutes longer for medium-rare meat. Transfer the racks to a carving board, stand them upright and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Carve the racks in between the rib bones and transfer to plates. Serve right away.
Rochford's preferred accompaniment is Merlot. The Medlock Ames property contains 30-year-old Merlot vines that produce wines of great balance and concentration.