PARMESAN-CRUSTED RACK OF LAMB SERVED WITH MINT CHIMICHURRI SAUCE
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tsp (5 ml) kosher salt
¼ tsp (1 ml) pepper
½ cup (125 ml) fine, plain bread crumbs
½ cup (125 ml) finely grated Parmesan
2 tbsp (30 ml) minced fresh flat leaf parsley
1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
2 racks of lamb, frenched, about 2½ lbs (1 kg) total
3 tbsp (45 ml) Dijon mustard
Mint Chimichurri Sauce, to serve, recipe follows
MINT CHIMICHURRI SAUCE:
1 cup (250 ml) lightly packed fresh mint leaves
1 cup (250 ml) lightly packed fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 tbsp (30 ml) red wine vinegar
¼ tsp (1 ml) red pepper chili flakes, or more to taste
kosher salt and pepper, to taste
½ cup (125 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 450 F (230 C). Generously oil bottom and sides of a shallow roasting pan large enough to hold 2 racks of lamb. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, smash together garlic, salt and pepper until well combined. Stir in bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley and oil.
- Rinse lamb well under cold water and pat dry. Place fat side up in prepared roasting pan and brush with Dijon. Pat cheese mixture evenly over mustard on each rack of lamb. Transfer to oven and roast for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400 F (200 C) and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into centre of meat registers 120 F (49 C), about another 10 to 13 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest in roasting pan for 10 minutes before carving.
- To serve, slice between bones to make individual chops and transfer to a warmed platter. Serve with Mint Chimichurri Sauce alongside.
- To make MINT CHIMICHURRI SAUCE: In a blender or food processor, pulse together mint, parsley and garlic until finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in vinegar, chili flakes and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir until salt has dissolved. Stir in oil and let sauce sit at room temperature for at least half an hour, up to 2 hours. Season to taste and serve. Chimichurri will keep refrigerated, stored in an airtight container, for up to 2 days. Makes about 1 cup (250 ml) chimichurri