Rack of lamb….I don’t know about you but, to me, it sounds intimidating. But, my local store had it on sale so I decided to give it a try. You guys, it was SUPER easy! And, let me tell you, nothing feels fancier than serving someone some gorgeous lamb chops *snooty nose in the air*. So If you ever thought about trying your hand at it but weenied out like I used too, then give this a try!
Our dinner plate totaled about 400 calories!
1 1lb rack of lamb
1 tbs of chopped rosemary
2 finely minced cloves of garlic
Dash of salt
A few cracks of pepper
1 tbs of olive oil + 1 scant tsp
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Rub your lamb with a scant tsp of olive oil. Mix your herbs and spices in a small bowl and then rub them all over the lamb. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot but not smoking, cook the whole rack for 3 minutes per side to get a nice brown crisp on it. Transfer the lamb bone side down into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. 15 minutes will give you somewhere between a medium and a medium rare. You do not want overcooked lamb (dry, tough, and gamey) that’s no bueno!
Once your lamb is done in the oven, pull it out and let it sit for 5 minutes to help those juices mellow back into the meat.
That’s it! What was scary about that? Nothing. I don’t know why I ever thought it was!
On the side, I served some mixed potatoes and veggies from Trader Joe’s plus a salad with a homemade dressing.
I found the dressing recipe on Whole New Mom’s site and Alan and I both loved it. The only change I made was paring down the recipe to half size and using only a pinch of salt. We keep Nutritional Yeast (or Nooch for short) in our pantry. It gives food a cheesy flavor without adding the calories and fat.
What the heck is Nooch??? Glad you asked!
“Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, often a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is sold commercially as a food product. It is sold in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It is popular with vegans and vegetarians and may be used as an ingredient in recipes or as a condiment.
While it contains trace amounts of several Vitamins and minerals, it is only a significant source of some B-complex vitamins. Sometimes nutritional yeast is fortified with vitamin B12.
Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes.”
1. Pour olive oil and apple cider vinegar in serving container.
2. Add remaining ingredients.
3. Stir to combine. Stir again to redistribute ingredients before serving.
4. Store in refrigerator.