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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Garlic Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

For Valentines day we decided to have a quiet but special night at home. I decided to make something that I really love, but have never prepared myself before. I found a beautiful cut of lamb and couldn't resist this relatively easy but fancy dinner.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
2 tbsp minced fresh rosemary leaves
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c Dijon mustard
1 1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
1 rack of lamb, "frenched"
(*** Cooks note: "Frenching" refers to scraping the meat off the tips of the bones. There should also be about 1/8th of an inch of fat on your lamb. ***)

Heat oven to 425*F.
Heat oil in a skillet, over med-high heat, until almost smoking. Season both sides of the lamb with salt and place fat side down onto the skillet. Sear the meat until brown. Turn the rack, rib side down and sear the other side. Continue browning all sides of the meat. Remove from pan and set aside.

In the same skillet, sauté garlic cloves with rosemary leaves for about 1 minute. Add breadcrumbs and turn heat down to low, stirring constantly to toast. Remove from heat when lightly toasted.

Distribute crumbs onto a plate for application to the rack. Spread the Dijon mustard on both sides of the lamb. Press the lamb into the crumb mixture and flip, making sure to create a crust on all sides of the meat. Place on foil covered roasting pan, rib side down, and roast in oven about 40-50 minutes, or until meat reached 160* F for medium doneness. (Cook to your desired preference).

Slice rack of lamb into individual chops and serve immediately.


MrsPresley said...

that looks beautiful! hope you had a great valentine's day :) i don't eat lamb but could adapt this recipe to another meat like pork. it looks delicious!

Peter M said...

Meghan, you browned the crust just right but I think the "money shot" would be seeing the inside of the chop...what say you?

Meghan said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Regretfully, it was a special night so I was in a rush to join my husband at the table instead of making him wait as I usually do during blog photographs. I will surely attempt a better "money shot" (love it) next time.

Kevin said...

That rack of lamb looks good! Making rack of lamb has been on my to try list for a while now.

Karen said...

How great that you had a cozy dinner at home - that is just perfect.
We have date nights at home more often that I can count. It's somehow more relaxed not having to get a babysitter, and maybe having one more glass of wine than necessary!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Meghan, Your crust on top looks wonderful,It must have tasted fantastic! Such a romantic dinner!