Dinner Project: rack of lamb

It’s an expensive cut of meat, but compared to ordering it at a restaurant, it’s a bargain. Less than a diner steak sandwich, in fact. I bought a nice rack as a treat from Serben Free Range at the Alberta Ave Farmers Market, a little intimidated, but was surprised how easy it was to make a very swanky dinner for two for under $20.

First, I prepared some potatoes for a side. I peeled and sliced thinly a couple of very ordinary russets, then arranged a layer in a buttered pie plate. Salt and pepper. Then a layer of sour cream and some shredded cheese left over from taco night. Then another layer of potatoes. Then more seasonings and cheese. I threw that into a hot oven (450F) while I prepped the rest of the meal.

The lamb was already Frenched, but it doesn’t seem hard to prepare something whole. I’m a little jealous, actually. All that “scrap” meat could be made into a stew or something. But when it’s already prepared, there’s not much to it. Salt and pepper the rack and give it a sear on both sides in a cast iron pan. Then remove the meat, spread some dijon mustard on the meaty side and pat on a crust. I used a mixture of bread crumbs (I used panko, since that’s what I have), finely-chopped ¬†fresh rosemary, minced garlic and a little olive oil to moisten. You’re supposed to cover the bone ends with foil, so I did. Then it all goes in the oven for 12 to 20 minutes. At the same time, I roasted some asparagus, and covered the cheesy potatoes with foil so it doesn’t burn.

I prefer my meat on the rare side, I removed the rack after 12 minutes and let it rest for 10 more. I think it could have used a couple more minutes, but I was really hungry! And it was so delicious that it hardly mattered. Impress your friends! Rack of lamb!

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