Salt and Pepper Crusted Rack of Lamb with Blood Orange and Cherry Chimichuri

Prepare the perfect dinner-party menu featuring this impressive lamb recipe that is seared first, then finished in the oven. Serve with Cauliflower and Leek Gratin and Wilted Mustard Greens.

Photography: DAVID M. RUSSELL

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, February 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 (1 1/4-pound) racks of lamb, trimmed and Frenched
  • Blood Orange and Cherry Chimichurri

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, coarsely grind peppercorns, salt, and red-pepper flakes together until peppercorns are broken but not completely ground.

  3. Brush a griddle with olive oil (or place oil in a large skillet) and heat over medium-high heat. Season lamb all over with pepper mixture. Place lamb on griddle, meat-side down, and sear to create a golden-brown crust; turn and repeat process on opposite side, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer lamb to a baking sheet.

  4. Transfer baking sheet to oven and cook until internal temperature reaches 122 to 125 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 12 to 15 minutes, for medium rare. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing and serving with chimichurri.

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