Spiced Rack of Lamb

September 8, 2017

This week, we celebrated Papa Gowdy's birthday! While we have been celebrating for days, on his actual birthday we are cooking a special meal at home - rack of lamb. There are so many delicious ways to prepare rack of lamb, but today we are creating a spice blend that is a perfect compliment to the gaminess of lamb. Happy birthday Papa Gowdy, and we hope you all enjoy!

 

 

One of the nice qualities of the spice blend mixture is that the meat does not need to marinate. However, leaving the oil + spices rubbed onto the meat for about 20-30 minutes never hurts! You can brush the mixture on with a basting brush, but I suggest getting in there with your hands and rubbing the spices into the meat. This helps the flavor soak into the meat, leading to a more flavorful bite. 

 

When you're ready to bake, sprinkle a little extra salt and pepper, as well as the minced garlic. When cooking red meat, extra salt is usually a good thing, otherwise the dish can taste dry and bland. Stick the rack into the oven and cook for 20 minutes (if you like it rare, like we do), 25 minutes for medium rare, and increasing intervals of 5 minutes depending on your preference.

 

Finish the cooking off with a quick broil. This is a little habit of mine whenever I roast meat. In the case of this rack of lamb, it quickly sears the spices on the top of the rack, adding an extra depth of flavor. This will make the top of each piece your favorite bite of the whole dish! 

 

This dish was a fan favorite at home - even as leftovers, it was still scrumptious. Cooking lamb doesn't have to be a daunting feat! Enjoy the meal! Happy cooking!

 

 

 

Spiced Rack of Lamb

 

 

 

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      Prep Time                             Cook Time                          Total Time

        15 min                                    22 min                                 47 min

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Creator(s): Caitlin Gowdy

 

Recipe Type: Main Dish

Serves: 6

 

 

Ingredients

 

SPICE MIXTURE

  • 3 tbsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tbsp ground cumin

  • 1 tbsp dried thyme

  • 1/2 tbsp salt

  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp ground coriander 

  • 2 tsp chili powder

  • 2 tsp ground ginger

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

  • 7 tbsp olive oil

 

RACK OF LAMB

  • 2 racks of lamb, "frenched"

  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

     

     

     

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

  2. Combine the spice mixture in a bowl, making sure the consistency is smooth but not liquidy or chunky. Spread evenly on both sides of the racks of lamb. Place the racks in a foil lined baking sheet with the ribs curving down. Sprinkle the minced garlic evenly over the top. 

  3. Once preheated, place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for 20 minutes for rare, 25 minutes for medium rare. After the twenty minutes, broil for 2 minutes. 

  4. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let rest under an aluminum foil tent for 10 minutes. 

  5. Carve the racks and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

     

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Notes

 

* Frenching a rack of lamb exposes the rib bones for a clean look that is much easier to cook and consume. Most stores will have rack of lamb already prepared in this manner, however if your store does not, you can see here to learn how to do it yourself.

* The amount of olive oil in the spice mixture can be adjusted, however you want to be mindful of the consistency. Avoid too liquidy or too clumpy, as this will affect the texture of the rack of lamb.

* The broiling step can fluctuate between 0 and 5 minutes, just be aware that this will affect the doneness of the meat. 

* Nutrition information is based on 1/6 of the recipe. 

 

 

Nutrition

 

  • Serving size: 1/6 of recipe 

  • Calories: 477.8

  • Fat: 23.6 g

  • Saturated fat: 71.9 g 

  • Carbohydrates: 4.3 g 

  • Sugar: 0.3 g

  • Sodium: 779.3 mg     

  • Fiber: 1.5 g

  • Protein: 58.5 g

 

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