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Provençal Rack of Lamb with Roasted Tomatoes

Serves 2
  • Active time:30 min
  • Start to finish:50 min
October 2008
Rack of lamb, a popular restaurant cut, is easy to cook at home. Smaller Australian or New Zealand racks are the perfect size to serve two. Roasting the meat over sliced potatoes enlivens them with savory juices. View more of our favorite recipes from this issue, and watch the cooks in The Test Kitchen taste this dish two ways.
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (1-lb) frenched rack of lamb (4 to 8 chops, depending on size), cut in half
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced (1/3 cup)
  • 2 medium boiling potatoes, peeled and sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle.
  • Mince and mash garlic to a paste with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Stir together with herbs and 1 Tbsp oil.
  • Put tomatoes cut sides up in an oiled small baking dish and drizzle with a third of garlic mixture. Roast until tender, 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, pat lamb dry and season with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a 10-inch ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Brown lamb on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes total. Transfer lamb to a cutting board and discard oil from skillet.
  • Heat remaining Tbsp oil in skillet over medium heat and cook shallots and potatoes, stirring occasionally, until edges are browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in water and half of remaining garlic mixture and remove from heat.
  • Rub remaining garlic mixture on fat side of lamb racks. Arrange lamb over potatoes and roast in oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of meat (do not touch bone) registers 130°F for medium-rare, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Let stand, loosely covered, 5 to 10 minutes. Serve with tomatoes.