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Classic Herbed Rack of Lamb, marinated in olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs, makes a simply elegant main course for Easter.
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Herbed Rack of Lamb

Classic Herbed Rack of Lamb, marinated in olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs, makes a simply elegant main course for Easter.
Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time4 hrs 45 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4
Calories: 588kcal
Author: Bernadette Martin

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pound Frenched* rack of lamb
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (Greek or regular)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped (or ½ teaspoon dried, crushed between your fingers)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped (½ teaspoon dried)
  • ½ teaspoon coarse Kosher sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice (½ of a lemon)

Instructions

  • Combine the minced garlic, chopped oregano, rosemary, thyme, sea salt, and black pepper with the olive oil and lemon juice to create a rub. Mix well.
  • Rub the lamb rack all over with the rub. Place the lamb with the rub in a large freezer bag, squeeze out the air and seal. Place the bag on a plate and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours, turning occasionally, up to overnight.
  • Bring the lamb out of the refrigerator at least one hour before baking. Score the fat with a sharp knife all over. Preheat the oven to 450F.
  • Remove the rack from the bag and place on a baking pan. Cover the exposed ribs with aluminum foil.
  • Roast on the middle shelf of the oven for 10-15 minutes to brown the top, then reduce the heat to 300F. Continue to roast for 10-30 minutes longer, checking the temperature after 10 minutes, until the meat in the middle of the rack reaches desired temperature, 120-125 Rare, 135-145 medium.

Notes

Prep time includes shortest marinating time. Cook time is for medium. *Frenched lamb is cut so that the rib bones are exposed. A rack of lamb purchased in a grocery store will normally be already Frenched, or ask your butcher to do it for you.

Nutrition

Calories: 588kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 251mg | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2.3mg