Are you intimidated by a rack of lamb? Don’t be.
I certainly was at first. The thought of this cut made me think of the Queen having it as a snack on a regular day or bankers eating it in posh restaurants. In stark contrast to lamb shanks and other stewing meats whose prices hover around £5 per kilogramme and upwards, a rack of lamb costs anything between £8 and £36, and that’s for around half the weight!
Now you can see why I was nervous to attempt cooking it for the very first time. If it was a cock-up, it was going to be an expensive one. Even worse, my heart sank when I took the meat out of its packaging. It needed trimming; the scope for disaster grew even bigger.
This might sound like a title out of a porn movie but the correct search terms to use are “how to french a rack of lamb”. Thank God for the internet and especially YouTube! This video did the trick and from there on forward it was plain sailing.
This recipe is simple and straightforward. Unlike other Greedy Gourmet recipes, the meat is not accompanied with a sauce. It gives you the opportunity to taste the exquisite lamb!
Source: Posh Food for the Common Man
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- 1x 8 bone rack of lamb OR
- 2x 4 bone rack of lamb OR
- 2x small chump, approximately 200g (7 oz) each
- salt and pepper
- cooking or olive oil
- 15ml (1 tbsp) butter
- Preheat the oven to 240°C (fan 220°C/465°F/gas 7).
- Season the lamb with salt and pepper.
- In a pan melt a knob of butter and splash of cooking oil.
- Seal the lamb on both sides until nicely brown.
- (If using a rack of lamb it is now important to put foil on the bones to prevent them from burning in the oven.)
- Place the lamb in the hot oven for 15-20 minutes, which will cook the meat to medium.
- Remove the lamb and allow to rest for a good 5 minutes.
- Brush the skin on the lamb with honey and serve.
Serve with buttered new potatoes, sweet carrots and creamed spinach.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 284
- Sodium: 141 mg
- Fat: 22.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 8.9 g
- Protein: 20 g
- Cholesterol: 75 mg