Make lamb your centerpiece this holiday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nothing says a Christmas celebration like elegant and delicious American lamb.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a holiday feast or an intimate family dinner, lamb is elegant, but so easy to prepare. From the traditional leg roast to the quintessential rack, there’s a lamb dish for every special occasion.

Lamb’s unique, rich flavor can make any meal seem special, and will make your family and friends will feel especially appreciated when you serve it for Christmas dinner next week. It is truly my family’s idea of excellence.

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Rack of lamb

A show-stopping favorite, rack of lamb makes an impressive presentation that is surprisingly easy to prepare at home. The rack offers versatility for any holiday entertaining and is an icon of fine dining menus across the country. A rack of lamb during the holidays makes it easy to have an effortless, restaurant quality meal at home.

Rack lingo:

Lamb lollipops: The rack is cut into individual chops and trimmed of all fat for an appetizer that is simple to make, impressive to present, and easy to eat right off the bones.

Frenched lamb: A few inches of meat is removed from the end of the bones, creating an attractive presentation.

Lamb tips:

For a holiday party, cook two rack roasts at a time; they will fit side by side in most roasting pans and two rack roasts will feed eight people. Serve the two racks interlaced with fresh herbs twisted around the bones for a show stopping presentation.