Rack of Lamb with Roasted Spring Vegetables

Spring is in full swing, and Summer is rapidly approaching for those of us on the West Coast.  What better way to celebrate than with an incredibly delicious rack of Lamb with fresh seasonal veggies!  This dish will be great addition to your dinner arsenal for pleasing discerning palates and guests.  Click on the recipe card below to download a 4×6 printable version

Arrange oven racks in the middle and lower third positions. Line one metal sheet tray with foil and place another in the oven.  Preheat to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl toss the potatoes with enough olive oil to coat and season generously with salt and pepper. Transfer seasoned potatoes to hot baking sheet and into the oven.  To the same bowl add the asparagus and peas.  Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper and set aside.

While the potatoes roast, set a cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Season the lamb generously with salt and pepper and pour two tablespoons of olive oil into the pan, swirling to coat.  Sear the meat on all sides until deep golden brown.  Remove from pan and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes.  Once the lamb is cool to touch coat the outside with dijon mustard, avoiding the ends.

In a medium-sized bowl combine the bread crumbs, parsley, thyme, oregano, and a generous pinch of both salt and pepper. Press bread mixture firmly onto the lamb covering the dijon.

Place the lamb on the foil-lined sheet tray and transfer to the oven. At the same time add the asparagus and peas to the sheet tray with the potatoes.

Roast the lamb for 15 minutes and tent with foil to avoid burning the breadcrumbs. Return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees on an instant read thermometer.  Rest for 15 minutes while the vegetables finish roasting.  Transfer everything to a platter arranging the potatoes and asparagus around the meat.  Garnish with fresh mint and pea tendrils.

*To make fresh breadcrumbs roughly tear half a loaf of rustic bread and place the pieces into the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse to fine crumbs.

Pairing Suggestions:

Currently, we’d suggest pairing with our Lot 586 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, although Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, or any of our fruit forward reds or blends would be excellent choices.  If you’re digging through your own personal cellar or stash, we’d recommend pulling out any cru Beaujolais, Northern Rhone, Vintaged Brut Rosé Champagne, Dry Rosé, Red Bordeaux or Spanish Rioja.

Keep in mind that Lamb is one of the most wine-friendly meats.  You can do more structured reds like Rioja and Bordeaux, or you can sway to the more fruit-forward styles of the new world.  A general rule of thumb is the lighter the meat color, the lighter to wine to pair.  Essentially rare to med-rare should be with the Rosé to Pinot Noir end of the spectrum, and medium to medium-well (into well done) will swing more towards Zins and Cabs.

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