BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER
Yield
4 servings (serving size: 2 lamb chops and about 2 teaspoons sauce)

Ask your butcher for a French-cut rack of lamb (for which bones have been cleaned down to loin).

How to Make It

Step 1

Trim fat from lamb. Combine vinegar, 2 teaspoons rosemary, and minced garlic in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add the lamb to bag, and seal. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 6 to 12 hours, turning occasionally.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 3

Remove lamb from bag, reserving marinade. Sprinkle lamb with pepper. Combine the breadcrumbs and 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary, and pat breadcrumb mixture into meaty side of lamb. Place lamb, meat side up, on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of lamb, making sure not to touch bone. Bake lamb at 450° for 20 minutes or until the meat thermometer registers 145° (medium-rare) or until the lamb is desired degree of doneness.

Step 4

Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add shallots, and sauté for 4 minutes. Add white wine and reserved marinade, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 8 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Add chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, until reduced to 1/3 cup (about 5 minutes). Combine honey and cornstarch, and add to the broth mixture. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 minute, stirringconstantly.

Step 5

Slice rack into 8 chops. Serve sauce with lamb; garnish with thyme sprigs and red grapes, if desired.

Step 6

Note: You can use 3/4 cup low-salt chicken broth and omit the wine, if desired.

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