There is nothing intimidating about a crown roast except the price tag. For a special occasion or holiday meal, he who delivers the crown roast to the table is king. Best of all, you’re also paying for ease of preparation. Simply rub with salt, pepper, olive oil and a simple herb mixture and let it roast for — no, not 3 hours, that will kill your lovely expensive roast — half an hour. Maximum. If you like your lamb any more cooked than a scant medium-rare, you should not be buying pricey cuts of meat or taking king-sized credit for this regal dish.

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