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Video:How to Make Rack of Lamb for Two

with Gina Miller

Rack of lamb is an elegant meal that's perfect for an evening in. Get a great recipe to make rack of lamb for just 2 in this how-to video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Rack of Lamb for Two

Ingredients for a Rack of Lamb for Two

Most people think a rack of lamb is for a large group of people but you actually fix a rack of lamb for just two people.

Here the ingredients you will need: 

  • 1 rack of lamb (A typical rack will have about 6 to 8 bones and will weigh about 1 1/2 to 2 lbs.)
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark roast coffee finely ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/2  teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme 

How to Prepare a Rack of Lamb Wet Rub for Two

This is a typical rack of lamb I got from my butcher. It has 8 bones and will feed approximately 2 people. First I will make the wet rub. Combine the olive oil, cumin, use a whisk to marry everything together, the coffee grounds, the salt and pepper. Before applying the wet rub to the rack of lamb I am going to season with salt and pepper on both sides. Very generously salt and pepper and also make sure the butcher removes the thin layer of skin that rest in the underside area. Now I will apply the wet rub to the entire rack of lamb including the bones, so while it is cooking the bones won't crack and burn. 

Making Rack of Lamb for Two

To ensure that the bones do not crack or burn you can also add a piece of foil to each bone, wrap it carefully to protect it while baking. I am going to turn my skillet to medium high add olive oil and garlic heat for a minute then sear my lamb. Sear the lamb meat side down, and make sure to turn it to all sides for searing. I have added my fresh thyme and butter to an oven safe casserole dish.

I am placing the browned lamb over the fresh thyme and butter and place the rack of lamb in a 400 degree F. oven for about 7 minutes or check it with a meat thermometer, it should register about 130 degree F if you want it medium rare. Set the rack of lamb on a meat platter with bones curving away from you so you can see the bones while cutting, and slice down between the meat holding on to the bones. So once you have cut your rack of lamb you have a great meal for two. If you should have left overs, place the lamb chops in a oven and freezer proof glass dish for later use.

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