Like last year, we didn’t want to go out for a fancy dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day, so we stayed in and made Chicken Roulade with Risotto. So in keeping with the tradition of staying home, we thought it would be nice to make something different – something we don’t normally eat – like lamb! We recently bought a 1.5 lb Australian rack of lamb at Costco so that we could make Rich’s winning dish from our Thanksgiving Potluck. Everyone was extremely impressed with the dish, so we had to get the recipe to share with everyone! I actually only got to try a tiny piece during our Thanksgiving party because I was so overwhelmed with all of the great food we had. This time around, I got to sit down, relax, and enjoy each bite of the heavenly rack of lamb.
The day before you plan to cook this, you need to make the marinade to rub on the lamb and refrigerate for a day. To begin, we used the herbs we had in our garden: 3 sprigs of thyme, 1 sprig of rosemary, 3 sage leaves, 1 tsp oregano, and 2 tbsp parsley. Chop that up and throw it in the mortar and pestle. To that, add 2 garlic cloves, 2 tbsp Dijon mustard, 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp salt. Crush and mix everything together until it forms a paste.
Season the meat first with salt and pepper and rub the entire rack of lamb with the herb paste and refrigerate at least overnight (or a full day for best results).
When it's ready to be cooked, get the pan extremely hot and sear each side of the rack of lamb for 10 minutes. Then pop it into a 400-degree oven for 15 minutes for medium rare. Leave it in longer if you want the meat to be less pink. Make sure you let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes after you take it out before you cut into it. (We were kind of impatient, so as you can see, some of the juices ran out).
To add extra flavor to the meat, we prepared the wine reduction sauce which consists of 1 cup of port wine and 1 cup of veal broth. Keep reducing until it has the right consistency to drizzle over the lamb. And of course, we made risotto to complete the meal.
The meat is absolutely succulent and moist! The wine reduction sauce also gives it a very bold and full flavor, and you get that hint of herb and Dijon from the rub. Two thumbs up for a fabulous Valentine's Day dinner!
To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb