Rack of Lamb



If you're short on time, a rack of lamb is a great choice for dinner. Just rub the lamb with a blend of your favorite flavorful ingredients—garlic, herbs, olive oil, salt—and put it in the oven. It cooks in less than 30 minutes, it's the most tender piece of meat and it's very easy to carve—there's nothing to it. None of your guests will realize that this impressive main course required so little work. F&W's guide includes delicious recipes and wine-pairing suggestions for your next meal.

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Fennel Pollen–Roasted Rack of Lamb with Radish Leaf Pesto

Beyond the bulb and fronds, bright yellow fennel pollen has a bold anise flavor. Chef Sarah Heller of Radish Leaf Cuisine in Napa, California, uses it as a rub for roasted rack of spring lamb. The radish leaf pesto is a prime example of root-to-stem cooking: The peppery leaves, basil, almonds, and Pecorino make a vibrant, delicious topper for the chops when served.    Slideshow: More Rack of Lamb Recipes 

Rack of Lamb with Artichokes, Purple Potatoes and Licorice

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Roast lamb with potatoes feels like a New American dish, but chef Marco Mattana adds Roman flavor by including garlicky braised artichokes. Slideshow:  More Lamb Recipes 

Rack of Lamb

A rack of lamb is a seriously impressive (and deceptively easy) entree. Keep flavors classic with rosemary or coriander, or try something more unusual, like our soy-balsamic marinade.

Sichuan Racks of Lamb with Cumin and Chile Peppers

Sang Yoon brushes lamb racks with soy sauce, rubs them with a Sichuan peppercorn, cumin and star anise mix, then roasts them until perfectly medium-rare. Slideshow:  Lamb Recipes 

Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Gremolata Pesto

Lamb is Kelly Liken’s favorite food in the world, and she thinks Colorado lamb is the best. To show it off, she makes a pesto-like sauce by combining gremolata—a mixture of parsley, lemon zest and garlic—with pine nuts and olive oil. Liken often cooks lamb from start to finish over a wood fire, but this home-cook-friendly version calls for starting the racks on the grill and then transferring them to the oven to finish cooking. Slideshow: Delicious Grilled Lamb Recipes 
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Garlic-Crusted Roast Rack of Lamb

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Rack of lamb is a brilliant roast centerpiece dish because it's impressive and surprisingly easy to make. This lamb recipe includes just five ingredients and 10 minutes of active cooking time. It's one of our favorite ways to prepare a rack of lamb because it's simply rubbed with plenty of garlic, rosemary, olive oil and salt before roasting. Since the seasoning is so simple, the dish pairs well with a range of sides, from risotto to green salads to roasted vegetables.  Related: Roast Recipes