Herb Crusted Lamb

20 February 2023

A couple weeks ago, I grabbed a rack of lamb chops while at Trader Joes. Had no idea how I was going to cook them but it sounded good. I found this recipe I had saved a little while back. The photo doesn't look amazing but this was a 10/10! Will do over and over and over again! 

1 rack of lamb with 8 chops, about 1 1/2 - 2 lbs
salt and pepper
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Trim the majority of the fat cap off the top of the lamb, then season generously on both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then sear the lamb until browned on all sides.

In the meantime, combine breadcrumbs, lemon zest, mint, parsley, rosemary, salt, pepper and olive oil in a small bowl, then mix until well combined.

When the lamb is browned, remove it from the skillet and set on a roasting pan or baking sheet.

Spread the Dijon mustard over the top of the lamb in an even coating, then press the breadcrumb mixture on top.

Gently pat the breadcrumbs down so that they stick and form a crust. Let sit for about 10 minutes to help the breadcrumbs adhere.

Roast on the top rack of the oven until the lamb reaches your desired internal temperature - 130 degrees is perfect for medium-rare.

Remove from the oven and allow the lamb to rest for 10-15 minutes.

Carefully slice into double chops - you will lose some breadcrumbs in the process but that's okay.
Arrange on plates and top with any remaining breadcrumbs. 

If using a larger rack of lamb or making more than one at a time, double the mustard and herb Panko breadcrumb mixture. 

If the breadcrumbs are not browned by the time the meat is done, you can broil it until they turn golden. But watch closely - it can easily burn.

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