*This post has been created in Partnership with the American Lamb Board. I'm excited to partner with the American Lamb Board and create some delicious recipes for y'all to try. I know, lamb can be intimidating. I'm sure we all had that bad experience, but I want you to know that all hope is not lost!
For this recipe I paired the lamb rack with flavorful artichokes and potatoes. I used fresh artichokes, but you are more than welcomed to use canned. They were braised in lemons, wine and aromatics and I decided to cooked the potatoes in the same cooking liquid.
If you have never tried lamb rack you need to. It's a lean cut of the lamb and also a rather small in size, which means a shorter cooking period. Also, by it being lean, it is also mild in the gamy flavor a lot of people might be familiar with when cooking lamb.
When cooking, I love to have some type of sauce to go with my food. Lamb, artichokes and potatoes are a well-known combination that works wonderfully together. I wanted to bring everything together with a delicious garlicky aioli.
Be sure to check out the American Lamb Board for more delicious lamb recipes!
Herb Crusted Rack Of Lamb w/ Crispy Artichokes & Potatoes
Artichokes and Potatoes
- 1 pound baby artichokes
- 4 Yukon gold potatoes (cut in half)
- 4 quarts water
- 1 lemon cut in half
- 3/4 cup salt
- 1 cup white wine
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 sprigs of thyme
- 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
- 4 lemon peel strips from one lemon
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- kosher salt for seasoning
- freshly cracked black pepper
- fresh chopped chives
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- juice from 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoon garlic (finely minced)
- salt and pepper to taste
Herb Crusted Lamb
- 1 2lb American rack of lamb
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
- 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
- Prepared a bowl with enough water to cover the artichokes. Take the lemon halves and squeeze the juice into the water and place aside. Prep the artichokes by removing the tough outer leaves until you reach the yellowish leaves. With a paring knife, cut off the end of the stem and trim the stem and base until you reach the light green leaves. Cut off about 3/4 inch from the top and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the choke ( the fuzzy part) if their is one. After trimming and cutting each artichoke, make sure to place into the prepared lemon water.
- In a large pot over medium-heat, add the water, salt, white wine, bay leaves, thyme, garlic and lemon strips. Add the artichokes and bring to a boil. Add the artichokes and cook for 10-15 minutes until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on a rack lined with paper towels. Place the potatoes into same cooking liquid and cook for 15-20 minutes until tender but not falling apart. Remove and let cool.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Gently smashed potatoes with the palm of your hand. Toss potatoes and artichokes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread the potatoes and artichokes out evenly on a sheet pan. Bake until crispy, 20-25 minutes. Let cool slightly and sprinkle with chopped chives and kosher salt.
- In a bowl combine the mayonnaise, lemon, garlic, salt and pepper, place aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy bottom skillet over medium high heat, sear lamb rack, fat side down until golden brown 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat. In a bowl, combine dijon mustard, honey and mix. Brush the mixture on top of the lamb. In same bowl combine the butter, rosemary, thyme, garlic and bread crumbs. Mix thoroughly until a paste is formed and spread evenly on top, pressing gently to make sure everything adheres. Place lamb in oven and cook for 25-35 minutes until the internal temperature registers 128 -degrees to 130 degrees.
- To serve, place a dollop of aioli on the bottom, top with the artichokes and potatoes and then the lamb. Add more aioli and enjoy!