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Spice-Rubbed Racks of Lamb with Yogurt Sauce

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

 

Hands-on time 7 mins
Total time 9 hrs, 2 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: about 4 ounces lamb meat, 2 tablespoons yogurt sauce, and 1/3 cup tomatoes)
Here is a seriously delicious way to treat a rack of lamb that results in meltingly tender meat with aromatic flavors. Serve it with a tangle of wild arugula and feta cheese dressed with good olive oil and lemon, and a side of couscous. The lamb racks we found in our markets were on the small side, so 4 little chops ended up being a reasonable portion; if your lamb is bigger, you'll need to increase both the cook time and the number of servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 French-cut racks of lamb (8 ribs each), well trimmed (about 26 ounces trimmed)
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt, drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes

Nutrition Information

  • calories 263
  • fat 13.3 g
  • satfat 5.4 g
  • monofat 5.6 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 26.2 g
  • carbohydrate 8.5 g
  • fiber 1.5 g
  • cholesterol 76 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 363 mg
  • calcium 150 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; add 3/8 teaspoon salt. Rub spice mixture over lamb. Arrange lamb in a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Combine yogurt and garlic. Spread half of yogurt mixture over lamb. Cover and marinate lamb mixture 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Combine remaining yogurt mixture, oil, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover and chill.

  3. Preheat oven to 425°.

  4. Remove lamb from refrigerator; let stand, uncovered, 30 minutes. Remove lamb from dish, and place on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 425° for 22 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of lamb registers 130°. Preheat broiler to high. Add tomatoes to pan with lamb. Broil 1 minute or until lamb is browned and tomatoes start to blacken. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve with yogurt sauce.