Rack of Lamb with Herb Crust
Special occasions demand equally momentous meals, and few dishes are as elegant -- or delicious -- as this flavorful rack of lamb. It's far easier to make than it appears; simply follow a few basic steps for impressive results.
- 1 full rack of lamb (about 1 1/4 pounds), frenched
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup fine fresh breadcrumbs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Preheat oven to 450 degrees with rack in center. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Rub lamb with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place in skillet, and sear until golden brown all over (including ends), about 3 minutes per side. Place on a baking sheet. Let stand until cool, about 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, rosemary, garlic, parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Brush lamb with 2 tablespoons Dijon, making sure the entire surface is covered. Pat seasoned breadcrumbs over rack (reserve any remaining breadcrumbs for another use), covering Dijon in an even layer. Return to baking sheet, and roast until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 130 degrees, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before carving into individual chops.