Monday, April 20, 2009

rosemary roasted rack of lamb with mint pesto

  • rack of lamb
  • fresh rosemary sprigs
  • fresh mint, chopped fine
  • fresh basil, chopped fine
  • whole garlic cloves
  • 1/2 lemon

Combine mint, basil, juice of half the lemon and a swirl of good quality olive oil in a large bowl, set aside. In large skillet over a high flame heat a couple of swirls of olive oil, brown each side of lamb for 2 minutes, transfer to oven safe dish. Cover lamb with fresh rosemary and garlic cloves and bake in oven at 325 degrees for 15 minutes or until cooked to desired doneness. Once cooked, discard rosemary and garlic, spoon pesto over lamb immediately as it comes out of the oven.

The dish: Okay, I lied. Not even a month ago I told you that I only eat lamb once a year, and here we have yet another preparation of it coming out of the red room. I promise that if it had not been Easter, this never would have happened. True to form, mint was in this recipe as well and it played quite nicely off the basil. This was the first time I ever tried cooking a rack of lamb and everyone thought it was great, so that was a relief. One glaring thing wrong with the dish is the absence of those little paper chef hat looking things they put on the lamb at fancy restaurants. If anyone has any idea of where to buy those things (or what they're called for that matter) please let me know. Just do me a favor and wait a while before telling me, because if I had them in my hands the temptation to do another rack of lamb would be too great and I can't bring it upon myself to lie so frequently.


  1. Bob, I believe the correct term for the paper chef hat looking things, believe it or not, are panties. Seriously. No, I am not making a Beavis & Butthead joke.

  2. I don't know Mike- let's just say I'm glad I waited until I left the office before I googled "lamb panties"

  3. Try the Restaurant Supply place on 32 by the RailRoad tracks. (Mountain View Restaurant Supply?) They also have cooking programs to increase the repertoire