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roast rack of lamb with madeira-peppercorn sauce

Recipe by
Vicki Butts (lazyme)
Grapeview, WA

Love this simple dish. I usually double the sauce because everyone always seems to want more. From Bon Appetit Every-Night Cooking.

yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For roast rack of lamb with madeira-peppercorn sauce

  • 6 md
  • 4 Tbsp
    chilled unsalted bbutter
  • 1 1/4 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    drained green peppercorns in brine, coarsely chopped
  • 2
    racks of lamb, trimmed (1 1/4 lb each)

How To Make roast rack of lamb with madeira-peppercorn sauce

  • 1
    Finely chop 2 medium shallots. Melt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter in heavy small saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped shallots and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add Madeira and green peppercorns. Boil uncovered until mixture is reduced to 2/3 cup, about 12 minutes. Remove sauce from heat.
  • 2
    Arrange trimmed racks of lamb on rimmed baking sheet. Cut remaining 4 medium shallots in half and push through garlic press. Coat lamb with pressed shallots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover sauce and lamb separately and refrigerate.)
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 400°F. Roast lamb 25 minutes. Increase heat to 500°F and continue to roast until lamb browns and meat thermometer inserted into center of lamb registers 130°F, about 5 minutes longer. Let stand 5 minutes.
  • 4
    Bring peppercorn sauce to simmer. Whisk in remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cut lamb between ribs into chops. Arrange lamb chops on plates. Spoon peppercorn sauce around lamb and serve immediately.
  • 5
    Variation: This sauce would also work with thick pork chops (with bones); make sure they reach an internal temperature of 150ºF for food safety.
  • 6
    Do-Ahead: Note that the sauce and lamb can be prepared eight hours ahead. The lamb needs to roast for just 30 minutes before serving.

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