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Roast Rack of Lamb with Fig-Port Wine Sauce


For the lamb
  • 2 Tbl California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbl chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (1 3/4 - 2 pound) racks of lamb Frenched
For the sauce:
  • 1 Tbl California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 Tbl balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 3/4 cup ruby port
  • 12 dried black mission figs quartered lengthwise
  • 1 Tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbl unsalted butter
  • 1/4 Tsp salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Coat a large shallow baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. For the lamb: combine the oil, rosemary, garlic, mustard, and thyme in a small bowl. Rub the mixture over the entire surface of the lamb. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  3. Just before roasting, season the lamb with salt and pepper. Place one rack with the bones facing up and the meaty part of the chop facing outward on the pan. Lean the second rack on the first, again facing the meatiest part of the chop outward. Alternate the bones from each rack to interlace them. Roast 25-26 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted through the center of the meat registers 125-130°F for medium rare. Let the racks rest 5-10 minutes before cutting into chops. (The temperature of the meat will increase by another 5 degrees or so.)
  4. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook 1 minute. Pour in the vinegar, bring to a boil and cook until the mixture looks like wet sand, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and thyme, return to a boil and cook until reduced by about half, about 3 minutes. Stir in the port, figs, and sugar; return to a boil and cook until slightly thickened and figs have plumped, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the butter and salt, stirring until melted. Serve over lamb.

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