Lamb for Lovers


This is a rack of lamb dish with rosemary and mint demi-glace. Serve with oven roasted red potatoes and sauteed green beans amandine. Perfect for Valentine's Day! Buy a seven bone rack of lamb, and have the butcher trim the fat cap and in between the bones for you, and save these trimmings for roasting.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 (7 bone) racks of lamb, trimmed, fat reserved

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 4 carrots, diced

  • 1 cup celery tops

  • 1 cup port wine

  • 1 cup red wine

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can low-sodium chicken broth

  • 5 sprigs fresh spearmint

  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • 1 cup mint apple jelly

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 sprigs fresh mint


  1. To Make Demi-Glace: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, and add trimmings from lamb. Season with salt and pepper. Brown the fat, reduce heat, and add 4 cloves minced garlic, onion, carrots, celery leaves, port, red wine, and chicken broth. Transfer the mixture to a slow cooker, and simmer on Low 8 hours, or overnight.

  2. Strain the slow cooker mixture into a saucepan over medium-low heat. Mix in the spearmint, rosemary, and mint jelly, and simmer, adding more port, wine, or broth as needed, until mixture leaves a syrup-like coating on the back of a spoon. Strain once more, and keep warm while lamb roasts.

  3. To Roast Lamb: Place a cast iron or oven-proof skillet in the oven, and preheat to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Rub lamb with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Coat with panko bread crumbs.

  4. Carefully remove the heated skillet from the oven, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in the skillet, and sear lamb on both sides. Return the skillet with the lamb to the preheated oven, and continue cooking 5 to 10 minutes, to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

  5. Pour a small amount of the demi-glace on platter and arrange lamb criss-crossed. Drizzle with more demi-glace, and garnish with fresh mint to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1246 Calories
79g Fat
68g Carbs
45g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1246
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 79g 102%
Saturated Fat 28g 141%
Cholesterol 192mg 64%
Sodium 422mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 45g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1028mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.