Jackie Kennedy Onasis' Roast Rack of Lamb

"From: Cooking for Madam, by Marta Sgubin."
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  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs with parsley, garlic, rosemary and all but a few tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Use the reserved tablespoons of oil to brush over the lamb and then season the lamb with salt and pepper.
  • Place the rack, meat side up, in a roasting pan, and spread the bread crumb mixture evenly over the meaty parts of the racks.
  • Roast for 15 minutes at 450 degrees F. and then reduce the heat to 400 and roast for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove the racks from the oven and place them under the broiler just to give the crust some extra color.
  • Let the meat rest for 8-10 minutes before carving.
  • Note: You can use more garlic, parsley or rosemary if you like.

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  1. If it's good enough for Jackie it is certainly good enough for me! Simple, delicious recipe. Although the photos don't look it the rack was a very tiny one and took 20 minutes to come out just pink- Painting the rack with oil helps the crumbs to stick. I didn't need to place the rack under the broiler the crumbs were nicely browned after 20 minutes baking. Thanks Jackie & Oolala for sharing this recipe - I served the rack with New nugget potatoes, new carrots & kernel corn along with Scottish Mint Jelly - wonderful dinner fit for a queen or any first lady!
  2. This is a delicious recipe that my son requests for his special birthday dinner. Sooooo good


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