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I made this up after my visit to The Spice House. I first cooked with lavender by making a lavender ice cream. It was floral and subtle and fabulous with an apricot tart. Since it's in the salvia family (like sage) I thought it would be a pleasant change from rosemary.
2 racks/4-6 people
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Although the butcher may have removed the fat and sinew from the rib bones for appearance, there is usually a long row of fat on top of the meaty ribs. Remove this, as it tightens in cooking.
Grind the dry ingredients in a mortar & pestle. The salt will help release the flavor and break up the petals. Rub this mix all over the lamb. Using a fry or saute pan that can go in the oven, brown the lamb racks on all three sides. Make sure it is golden brown before turning. Pour off any fat/oil and put the whole pan into the oven for 7 minutes for medium-rare, or up to 12 minutes for medium-well. Serve with a fragrant rice or starch.
It's worth buying a pan that can go in the oven. Otherwise, you will have more dishes to do if you need to swap the lamb to a preheated roasting pan.
Do not used perfumed lavender. Make sure it is unscented and okay to cook with.
mortar and pestle
This recipe was provided by Merrilyn Tuma from Redwood Shores.