Narsai’s Rack of Lamb, Assyrian

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Serves 4 portions of 3 chops each

You will want 1-1/2 lamb racks, each with 8 to 9 ribs.  Ask the butcher to remove the flap of meat and to French cut the rib bones.

Put into a blender and puree:

  • 1 large onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice (If pomegranate juice is not readily available, substitute more red wine)

Rub this marinade well into the racks and put the remaining marinade over the racks in a shallow glass or enameled pan. Set to marinate in refrigerator overnight, or at cool room temperature for 6 to 8 hours.  Wipe off excess marinade and roast in 450 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes for medium rare lamb, longer if you like lamb done to a greater degree.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Franc

(c) 1994 Narsai Davis