2000s Recipes + Menus
Rack of Lamb With Swiss Chard
- Active time:1 hr
- Start to finish:2 hr
For Swiss chard filling
- 1/2 cup sweet (red) vermouth
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 large bunches green Swiss chard (1 lb total), stems and center ribs reserved for another use and leaves coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted (see Tip, below)
- 4 (8-rib) frenched racks of lamb (each about 1 1/2 lb), trimmed of all but a thin layer of fat
- 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
Make Swiss chard stuffing:
Bring vermouth and raisins to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and let steep until raisins are soft and plump, about 15 minutes.
Cook onion in oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender but not browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Add chard, raisins with any remaining vermouth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook over medium heat, turning chard constantly with tongs, until chard is tender and liquid has evaporated, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and stir in nuts, then cool.
Cutting as close to bones as possible, make 1 long incision to separate meat of each rack from bones, stopping 1/2 inch from bottom (do not cut all the way through). Roll meat away from bones to create a long opening, then season inside with salt and pepper and fill with stuffing. Roll meat back over stuffing, then tie meat to bones with string (between every 2 ribs).
Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle.
Stir together mustard, thyme, and rosemary and spread over both sides of each rack. Put racks of lamb in a large shallow heavy baking pan, pairing racks so that they stand up with their bones interlocking but leaving space between them at base.
Roast lamb until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of meat (do not touch bone) registers 130°F for medium-rare, 25 to 35 minutes. Let stand, loosely covered, 15 minutes.
Cut each rack into 4 double chops, discarding string, and serve on top of roasted red peppers.
Cooking tip: Toast nuts in a shallow baking pan in a 350°F oven until golden, 5 to 15 minutes.