Roast Rack of Lamb With Pecan-Herb Crust
By: Eric Maczko
This is a stunning presentation for spring rack of lamb–the combination of pecans and herbs brings out the earthiness in the meat–and surprisingly easy for such an elegant dish.
Pairs beautifully with our Round Pond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
2 racks of lamb (Frenched, 8 ribs and 1 ½ lb each rack)
4 Tbsp pecans (toasted and chopped fine)
½ cup fresh bread crumbs
3 Tbsp flat-leaf parsley (chopped)
1 Tbsp mint (chopped)
1 ½ tsp rosemary (chopped)
1 tsp thyme (chopped)
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
Salt & Pepper
3 ½ Tbsp Round Pond Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Begin by trimming off any excess fat and fat-cap on back side of lamb racks. We want to get down to the meat itself, no fattiness. This gives a great place for the crust to adhere to. Allow racks to come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a small bowl, mix together: pecans, bread crumbs, chopped herbs and 1t each of salt & pepper.
Prepare a large nonstick sauté pan with approx 2T Round Pond Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium-high heat. Season racks generously on all sides with salt and pepper and sear them, backside first in hot oil. Turn to sear on bottom and inside of the racks as well.
Remove racks as you get them nicely browned all around. Brush backside with Dijon mustard (thinned with a little water) and press an even quantity of Pecan/Herb mix into each rack. When all racks are encrusted, place on a roasting pan or sheet tray with a wire rack and roast, slowly, in preheated oven for approximately 10 to 15 minutes (rare, mid-rare), or until desired doneness achieved. Rest for 5 minutes before carving.
Serve the rack of lamb with seasonal vegetables such as: Sautéed Swiss Chard, Kale or Mustard Greens; Roasted Root Vegetables or Potatoes or even Steaming Hot Polenta with Parmesan or Risotto.