Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Holiday (or any day) Roasted Rack of Lamb

It is one week before Christmas Eve and I'm still mulling over recipes.  The Baker's family always had a meatless meal served after the first star appeared in the night sky.  It consisted of an uneven number of courses.  His family always had eleven--yes, eleven courses.  When he told me this as young newlyweds, I didn't know how to prepare eleven different dishes.  If I did, I certainly couldn't have served them at the same meal!!  My family tradition had been roast beef on Christmas Eve.  I really didn't know how to prepare that either.  We compromised and had beet soup with mushroom ears and rib-eye steaks.  Since that long ago eve, we've tried many dishes (and number of dishes) and this is one of our favorites.  I hope you'll give it a try at one of your holiday meals.

Roasted Rack of Lamb (from a Chicago Tribune recipe)

2 well-trimmed racks of lamb, 9 ribs each, bones Frenched
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic put through a garlic press
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp each:  dried oregano, dried rosemary, dried thyme

1.  Heat oven to 450.  Season the lamb racks with the salt and pepper.  Place into a shallow roasting pan, bones down, and let rest at room temperature for 15 minutes.
2.  Mix together the garlic, olive oil, and the herbs.  Rub the mixture over the meaty top of the racks of lamb.
3.  Roast lamb until desired doneness:  125 degrees for rare (25 to 30 minutes) or a bit longer to 130 degrees for medium rare and on to 140 degrees for medium.  Any further is too much!!  Let rest, loosely covered with tin foil, for 10 minutes before serving.  Slice between the ribs to serve.

6 servings



  1. Sound yummy, I love lamb. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas...

  2. it looks wonderful from here and I like that plate it is on. great photo, you do take really good photos of food and it is hard to do, i have tried and mine dont come out like yours do

  3. I love lamb, but cannot tolerate the smell of it cooking. Isn't that odd? I remember the first time I had it. My Mom and I were taking a cooking class and it was in a lady's home. So we were all in the kitchen watching her cook, and the lamb was roasting in the oven. I almost had to go outside. I have to cook it on the bbq if I have it, or at a restaurant or course. Such a festive meal. Your recipe looks marvelous.
    Have a lovely week friend!
    XO Kris

  4. I am in such a dilemma/debate about what to have for Christmas, partly because I work until 1 pm that day. I'm mulling lots over in my mind and tempted to go with old favorites but wishing I had the energy to try something new like this! Looks yummy!

  5. This looks beautiful and succulent, and I love that plate! I have never made rack of lamb, it frightens me!! I would mess it up big time!

  6. What are mushroom ears? Lamb is a favorite, love, love, love it!

  7. Roasted rack of lamb is classic and elegant. Perfect for the holiday table.


    P.S. I enjoyed reading this story.

  8. Your Christmas dishes are so pretty.

    I have never fixed lamb . . . it scares me. But this recipe is beautiful.

    Merry Christmas, Bonnie. It is a wonderful thing to combine our traditions and make new ones.


  9. Eleven courses!! Wow. And, meatless. I'm impressed. Your compromise on that first Christmas Eve sounds perfect. ;)

    The lamb sounds delicious! blessings ~ tanna

  10. Boy I would have been intimidated by the kitchen olympics of the Baker's family. This rack of lamb looks fabulous! Lamb is so special and is great to serve for the holidays.

  11. When rack of lamb is prepared well it is a real treat. Yours looks perfect!

    Eleven courses??? Yikes!

  12. Wow! eleven courses? That would have to include breakfast, lunch and dinner at my house! Everything looks deliciousl.

  13. My daughter's favorite dish:) Rack of lamb:)

  14. I wish peace and happiness these days,
    Happy Holidays!.
    a hug.

  15. Love rack of lamb; sounds we will be only 4 for our Christmas dinner and this is a very interesting idea; quite sure my son the chef will god for this. Love your blog Bonnie. Wishing you all the best for this holiday season.

  16. We've never had lamb on Christmas Eve, but we all love it and eat it often. This is a good recipe, Bonnie.
    Traditions are hard to break and ours has always been beef tenderloin on Christmas Eve. I wouldn't dare change it!

  17. That lamb looks AMAZING! Juicy and tender and full of flavor. What a great recipe to have for any occasion or just a day for your family. I love it

  18. Rack of lamb is a special occasion meal in our house. It's always a toss up between that and prime rib for Christmas dinner. Prime rib won this year. Eleven courses!!! I can't even imagine it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Bonnie.

  19. That would have sure scared me having to cook 11 courses. Its hard to keep up with the ones I do now. BUT this looks interesting, I have never had lamb and when I was at the farmers market I saw it in the meat area. Next time I will have to try it.

  20. Look wonderful, dear Bonnie I want whish you a happy and amazing Christmas:)

  21. Your lamb chops look perfect!

    When I married my husband I had to learn how to cook the Southern Italian tradition of the "Feast of the Seven Fishes" for Christmas Eve. He accepted my family tradition of a roast turkey breast and a ham for Christmas Day ( and no!)

    It is nice when it all works out when traditions combine.

    Wishing you and your family a beautiful Christmas!

  22. Eleven courses? Wow! That lamb sure looks tasty. :) I haven't planned our Christmas Eve menu yet, but it's usually soup and finger food of one kind or another. Whatever the menu, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  23. We've never made lamb before for Christmas, but I've always wanted to. Maybe I can convince the family this year! Thank you for sharing with me...and making me smile on a rainy and cold night in Austin. I hope you are having a wonderful week. I know I'm busy...but I'm enjoying all the bustle!

  24. What a gorgeous looking rack of lamb. Your photo of it is really wonderful. I suspect you are surrounded by family now and are having the "bestest" of holidays. Enjoy. Have a wonderful time. Blessings...Mary

  25. That looks lovely! I like your family traditions.
    Merry Christmas!


  26. I love the dog pics....very cute....thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!


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