Crown of Lamb with Mint Salsa Verde
Prep time 30mins
Cook time 1hr
Serves or Makes: 4-6

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The Lamb:


  • 2 racks of Australian lamb rib chops, frenched and trussed to form a crown
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1/2 tabelspoon coarse sea salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • Whole rosemary and thyme sprigs, to line the bottom of your skillet

Mint Salsa Verde


  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 6 anchovy filets
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • Step 1

    Add rosemary, thyme, salt, and garlic into a mortar and pestle, then smash to combine. Stir in the olive oil to form a paste.

  • Step 2

    Line a skillet or shallow baking dish with rosemary and thyme leaves.

  • Step 3

    Rub the garlic and herb mixture all over the lamb meat and fat. Cover the bones with foil, then place the lamb in the prepared skillet. Set aside for 30 minutes at room temperature.

  • Step 4

    Preheat the oven to 250°F.

  • Step 5

    Roast lamb and cook until the internal temperature in the center of the lamb meat reaches 115°F, approximately 35- 50 minutes, depending on the thickness of the lamb.

  • Step 6

    Remove the lamb from the oven and increase oven temperature to 450°F.

  • Step 7

    Return lamb to the oven. Cook to an internal temperature of 124°F, about 5 to 10 minutes, but watch carefully, the temperature can rise quickly in a hot oven.

  • Step 8

    Turn on the broiler and cook until the lamb has browned and the internal temperature is 129°F, about 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on it, the last thing you want is to burn the roast! If it is browning too quickly, turn off the broiler and continue to cook at 450 °F until desired temperature is reached.

  • Step 9

    Remove from the oven, lightly tent with foil, and let rest for 10–15 minutes before serving.

  • Step 10

    While the lamb cooks, prepare the mint salsa verde. On a large cutting board, combine the garlic, herbs, capers, and anchovies, then chop with a knife until all the ingredients are finely chopped.

  • Step 11

    Add chopped herb mixture to a bowl with the mustard, lemon zest and vinegar, stir to combine.

  • Step 12

    Slowly pour in the oil, stirring continuously until well mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Step 13

    To Serve - Slice lamb roasts into individual chop portions and serve with mint salsa verde.