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Grilled Rack of Lamb with Frisee, Fingerling Potatoes, Figs, Shaved Parmesan, and Thyme Vinaigrette

Grilled Rack of Lamb with Frisee, Fingerling Potatoes, Figs, Shaved Parmesan, and Thyme Vinaigrette: Main Image

Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 45 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Total: 60 min.
Black Mission figs and balsamic vinegar infuse the rack of lamb with the flavors of the Mediterranean.


  • 3/4 pounds fingerling potatoes, small, washed, patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 black mission figs
  • 1 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 American Lamb rack, frenched, trimmed of all excess fat, cut into double chops, for a total of 8 chops
  • 2 small heads frisee (or red leaf luttuce) , washed and trimmed
  • parmesan cheese shavings
  • Champagne Vinaigrette1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Toss the potatoes in a bowl with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place in a single layer on a sheet pan. Roast the potatoes in the oven at 375° F until tender, approx. 20 - 25 minutes, (test with a fork for doneness). Keep warm. Trim off the tops of the figs and split in half lengthwise. Set aside.
  • In a sauce pan, simmer the balsamic vinegar and the thyme spring over medium heat until the vinegar reduces to about 2 ounces or reaches a syrup consistency (about 20 - 25 minutes), taking care not to scorch. Strain and put aside.
  • Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Grill until the internal temperature reaches 145 ° F, approximately 5-7 minutes per side. Let meat rest for 7 minutes.
  • VinaigrettePlace the champagne vinegar in a bowl, slowly whisk in the olive oil, add the chopped thyme, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • To ServePlace a bunch of the frisee in the center of each plate. Place about 3 potatoes and 5 fig halves in and around the frisee. Place 2 double lamb chops crossed on top in the center of plate. Drizzle a teaspoon of the champagne vinaigrette in and around the mixture. With a vegetable peeler, shave several pieces of the parmesan cheese on top. Drizzle with a teaspoon or two of the balsamic reduction.

Storing Lamb: Ground lamb may be frozen for up to 3-4 months. Lamb cuts or roasts may be frozen for up to 6-9 months. To maintain quality, re-wrap the lamb tightly in heavy-duty plastic wrap, a sealable plastic freezer bag or freezer wrap to prevent freezer burn.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 580
  Calories from Fat 377 (65%)
(65%)Total Fat 42g
(81%)Saturated Fat 16g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
(28%)Cholesterol 84mg
(4%)Sodium 89mg
(36%)Potassium 1261mg
Total Carbohydrate 32g
(26%)Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 10g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(43%)Protein 22g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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