Roasted Racks of Lamb with Malagueta Pepper and Farofa Crust

60 mins (prep 45)
15 ingredients
makes 8 servings
If you're making this entire menu in a single oven, we recommend baking the yuca gratin ahead; while it cooks, brown the lamb and coat with the sauce and farofa. When the gratin comes out of the oven, the lamb can go in. (The gratin will stay warm while the lamb bakes and stands.)

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  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup farinha de mandioca* (manioc flour; not toasted)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 7 bottled red malagueta peppers**
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 (1 1/2-pound) frenched racks of lamb (8 ribs each), trimmed of all but a thin layer of fat
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • special equipment: an instant-read thermometer
  • *a coarse, granular meal made from grated cassava root, farinha de mandioca is available at some latino markets and sendexnet (866-736-3396;
  • **fresh malaguetas are difficult to find in the u.s.; instead, look for them bottled in vinegar or in the clear, strong brandy called cachaça, available at some latino markets and sendexnet (866-736-3396;


Serving Size (12.06 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 54.34 Calories from Fat 50.04
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5.56g 68.38%
Saturated Fat 0.77g 30.7%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 717.01mg 239.0%
Total Carbohydrate 1.24g 3.31%
Dietary Fiber 0.04 g 1.26%
Sugars 0.64 g %
Protein 0.12g 1.91%
Vitamin A 0.17IU% Vitamin C 0.58mg%
Calcium 3.94mg% Iron 0.07mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
chopped onion, red, plus, finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, an, special equipment, coarse, fresh