One of the most popular dishes in fine dining restaurants is rack of lamb. It's a tender, juicy cut of meat that pairs perfectly with the right side dishes.
So what should you serve alongside your rack of lamb to make it even more delicious? We'll explore some tasty options that will elevate this dish and create a memorable meal.
From roasted vegetables to creamy mashed potatoes, there's something for everyone when it comes to sides for your rack of lamb.
Let's take a look at some of the best accompaniments and how they can enhance the flavor of this classic dish.
Roasted vegetables are a delicious accompaniment to rack of lamb.
A recent survey found that nearly three in four Americans serve roasted vegetables with their lamb.
Herb crusted vegetables and Parmesan roasted potatoes are two popular options.
To make herb crusted vegetables, simply toss your choice of fresh seasonal vegetables with a few tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, and your favorite herbs.
Spread the seasoned vegetables on a baking sheet and roast them for about 15 minutes in an oven preheated to 375°F.
For Parmesan roasted potatoes, peel and cube the potatoes before tossing them with olive oil, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, and salt.
Place the potato cubes on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown.
Both of these side dishes will add flavor and deliciousness to any rack of lamb dish.
Moving on from here...
Mashed potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to a rack of lamb.
Not only can they be served in different variations, including creamy mashed potatoes, sweet mashed potatoes, and garlic mashed potatoes, but they also provide a hearty side dish that is sure to please.
To make the most out of your mashed potatoes, consider using potato variations such as red potatoes or Yukon golds.
You can also top them with seasoned crumbs for an extra crunch.
Here are some tasty ways to enjoy mashed potatoes:
Grilled asparagus is a truly delightful accompaniment to rack of lamb. Not only does it look great on the plate, but the combination of the succulent, tender lamb and crisp, smokey-charred asparagus creates a taste sensation that is hard to beat.
When preparing grilled asparagus for the rack of lamb, marinating it in a zesty balsamic vinaigrette with garlic and herbs gives it an extra depth of flavor. Topping it off with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese adds an even more delicious burst of umami.
It's no wonder that this classic combination will always be a winner on any dinner table!
Couscous is a traditional accompaniment to rack of lamb. It’s light and fluffy, and an ideal base to soak up the flavors of the meat. There are many delicious couscous recipes to choose from:
The combination of spiced or lemon couscous served alongside rack of lamb is sure to tantalize your taste buds!
Now that you have explored some couscous options let's move on to wild rice pilaf - an equally delicious accompaniment that offers unique flavors and textures all its own...
Wild Rice Pilaf is an ideal accompaniment for Rack of Lamb. According to research, it is the favorite side dish among restaurant-goers when served with this type of entrée.
This tasty pilaf is made with wild rice, herbed quinoa, and roasted garlic. It adds flavor and texture to the dish while keeping the calorie count low. The pilaf can be seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices to suit any palate.
The wild rice provides a nutty flavor while the herbed quinoa adds a subtle sweetness. Roasted garlic brings out the natural flavors in the lamb and complements the nuttiness of the wild rice perfectly. The combination of these three ingredients creates a flavorful, satisfying side dish that pairs nicely with Rack of Lamb.
Rack of lamb should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F for medium-rare, 160°F for medium, and 170°F for well done.
When cooking times are factored in, the time should be 20 minutes per pound at 325°F.
Be sure to insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the rack, away from fat and bone.
For optimal taste, let the cooked lamb rest for 10 minutes before carving or serving.
Coincidentally, marinating a rack of lamb before cooking it is actually optional, depending on the marinade selection and cooking time.
While the flavor will be enhanced with a marinade, if you’re pressed for time or don’t have any ingredients to make one, there’s no need to worry.
The meat will still be delicious without a marinade as long as it is cooked properly.
Garlic, rosemary, mustard and coriander are all delicious herbs and spices that can be used to enhance the flavor of accompaniments served with rack of lamb.
Garlic is a great way to add depth and complexity of flavor when combined with rosemary; while mustard provides a tangy kick that pairs nicely with coriander.
For example, try roasting potatoes in garlic and rosemary or adding some mustard or coriander to your favorite side dish.
When it comes to cooking a rack of lamb, the key is to make sure the internal temperature reaches the recommended 145 degrees Fahrenheit. To accurately measure this, it's best to use a meat thermometer.
Cook time can vary depending on the size of the cut, but as a general rule of thumb you should aim for 15 minutes per pound at 350°F in an oven.
Cooking a perfect rack of lamb can be intimidating, but with a few simple steps you can ensure your dish is flawlessly cooked and evenly roasted.
To ensure your rack of lamb is evenly cooked and succulent, try slow roasting it in the oven or pan searing it on the stove. Slow roasting will result in juicy and tender meat, while pan searing will give you a golden-brown, caramelized crust.
Whichever method you choose, make sure to keep a close eye on your oven temperature and use an instant read thermometer to measure doneness. With this foolproof technique, your rack of lamb will cook up perfectly every time!
I'm sure by now you have the basics of cooking rack of lamb down.
With a little bit of practice, you'll be able to create a delicious and healthy meal for your family and friends.
I recommend serving it with some fresh vegetables or a side salad.
The herbs and spices you've chosen will bring out the flavors in the lamb, while adding an interesting twist to the meal.
Even though cooking a rack of lamb can seem intimidating, with a few simple tips I'm sure you'll become a pro in no time!
And remember, if all else fails, don't be afraid to ask for help - that's what friends are for!