Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb With Rosemary Potatoes
- 2 pounds red potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons Dijon or stone-ground mustard
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, divided
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (1 1/2- to 2-pound) rack of lamb, trimmed
- 1 large onion, cut into thin wedges
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Toss potatoes with oil in a shallow roasting pan. Bake 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, combine mustard, 1 tablespoon rosemary, thyme, and garlic; spread over meaty side and ends of lamb rack.
4. Add onion wedges, remaining 2 tablespoons rosemary, salt, and pepper to potatoes; mix well. Push mixture to edges of pan; place lamb rack, meaty side up, in center. Bake 22 minutes or until internal temperature of lamb reaches 140° for medium-rare. Transfer rack to a carving board; tent with foil, and let stand 5 minutes (temperature will rise to 145°).
5. Transfer potato mixture to 4 warm plates. Cut lamb crosswise into 8 chops; transfer to plates and serve.
- Prep Time:
- Cook Time: Andrea's wine pick: The juicy acidity and rustic herbaceousness of a French red Côtes du Rhône will stand up to the mustardy tang of the herb crust. Look for Georges Duboeuf Côtes du Rhône 2004 ($7.99). Ask your butcher to "french" the bones for an attractive appearance. Cover bones with a strip of aluminum foil to prevent burning.
- Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 2 lamb chops, 1 cup potatoes)
|Calories per serving:||457|
|Fat per serving:||17g|
|Saturated fat per serving:||4g|
|Monounsaturated fat per serving:||9g|
|Polyunsaturated fat per serving:||2g|
|Protein per serving:||33g|
|Carbohydrate per serving:||42g|
|Fiber per serving:||5g|
|Cholesterol per serving:||87mg|
|Iron per serving:||4mg|
|Sodium per serving:||587mg|
|Calcium per serving:||75mg|
Good to Know
Careful trimming cuts unhealthy saturated fat from the lamb. Limit protein servings like meat to 3 ounces, or the size of a deck of cards, to keep your calories and fat intake in check.