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Last weekend was Easter. Eric had class during the weekend so we ended up staying home and celebrating. In order to make the day a little special, I decided to prepare a roast rack of lamb. I do not eat lamb very often and have never cooked lamb. Lamb is a classic Easter dish so I decided to try making it for the first time. After receiving tips from my aunt and browsing the internet for different recipes, I decided to combine what I thought was best and came up with an easy and delicious way to prepare lamb.

Ingredients:

  • 1 french rack of lamb, mines was about 1.5lbs
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1tbsp fresh rosemary from our garden
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Put the garlic through a lemon zester and finely chop the rosemary
  2. Add just enough olive oil to the garlic and rosemary so that is has a paste-like resemblance
  3. Rub this mixture all over your rack of lamb and have it sit in the refrigerator over night
  4. Take the lamb out about 1-2 hours before cooking to bring to room temperature
  5. Add salt and pepper all over the lamb
  6. Place on a baking sheet with foil and put the rack on with the bones facing down, fat side up. (I covered each of the bones in foil to prevent charring)
  7. Preheat the oven to 450
  8. Put into the middle of the oven and cook for 12 minutes
  9. Reduce heat to 425 and cover with foil, cook for another 12 minutes
  10. Reduce heat to 400 and cook for another 5-7 minutes using a meat thermometer to determine the internal temperature. We cooked ours to medium rare.
  11. Remove from oven and let the lamb rest for another 10-15 minutes

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The outside was flavorful and crisp and the middle was a perfect medium-rare. I cut the rack every 2 bones and served with a mix of peas, mushrooms, and pearl onions. I was so worried about over-cooking the lamb but in the end it turned out great! We ended up having a nice Easter with a wonderful home-cooked  dinner out in the sun room (Sura’s favorite spot to watch all the outside activity).

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