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Feb 6, 2014 04:56 AM
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Edible portion of rack of lamb

I am planning a dinner and serving rack of lamb. From what I've read 2-4 chops per person is standard. But, does anyone have any idea how many oz usually per lb of bone in rack? There will be a various number of large and larger eaters (myself included) so I want to make sure to have enough.

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  1. Each chop has maybe 1-2 oz of meat. Typically we serve 4-5 chops with generous sides for big eaters. I think you will find two chops inadequate but size varies.

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    1. re: melpy

      Thanks, so I'll estimate 8oz per lb

    2. A rack has 7 or 8 ribs. I'd plan on a half rack per person and people can ask if they'd like fewer.

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      1. re: c oliver

        I agree that a half rack per person is an acceptable, dinner-party serving, though it's gonna leave me hungry - especially if the bones are Frenched (I hate that - such a waste of good eats). If making such a dish for myself at home, a whole rack would be the norm.

        A two chop serving has it's place - on a cocktail napkin, taken from a passed tray, at a wedding of bar mitzvah, while trying to figure out how not to spill one's drink and continue to agree that it is indeed "a lovely affair".

        1. re: MGZ

          I concur! I would have to say a minimum of 4 chops per person as an entree. I like to use the bones to pick my teeth with after eating.

          A true guilty pleasure is when I can still find somewhere that serves their chops with mint jelly. Such an odd but perfect combinations. You find so many places doing different takes on lamb chops, but just a simple chop with a side of mint jelly can be such a basic pleasure. A fine Dijon is another simple but favored side for my chops. What can I say I'm a simple guy.

          1. re: jrvedivici

            A fine old school treat - ideally, part of the cocktail hour payback for the envelope you just left for cousin's kid.

      2. A half or whole rack per person? I am astonished!

        In our house, a rack serves at least 4, sometimes 5. But we believe in serving an excellent piece, thought modest serving, of meat with a wide variety of other dishes. This is about 2-3 oz of meat per person. When part of a dinner with appetizers, soup, main course with a variety of dishes and dessert, it feels like enough to us.

        But, of course, that wasn't your question. I would guess that half of the weight of a rack is the bone and fat cap.

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        1. re: smtucker

          When Bob and I have it, we share a half rack. Along with the rest of the meal, we consider that perfect. But, like you, I understand that many want more.

          1. re: smtucker

            2-3 oz. of meat per person? Ouch. I'm no fan of caveman-sized steaks, but even with a side dish or two, I'd prefer about double that amount. 5-6 oz. is pretty decent... but if the meat is *really* great quality and perfectly cooked, I might want as much as 8 oz.

          2. I've read that too (standard). And with the various sides should be more than enough portion wise.

            Any special way you're preparing the lamb this time?

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            1. re: HillJ

              Just roasting with an anchovy rosemary rub. It will likely be the star aside some spinach. No other side dishes hence the question because none of us really eat starchy carbs and it's just a small fun gathering.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                I'm going to try that this week myself. This is the second time I asked you and you replied with anchovy rosemary. I gotta do it!

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    I've just came in from the market and bought a few cans of anchovy fillets and paste. I was all out. Thanks, fldh.

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