Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb

Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb

Sweet, nutty pistachios are added to a traditional Dijon mustard crust, which gives the lamb a great flavor and texture.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 400 F. Trim any excess fat from the racks, leaving only a thin layer.
  3. Step 3

    Season the lamb generously with the salt and pepper. Sprinkle the dried herbs over the lamb and gently press to adhere.
  4. Step 4

    In a large, heavy-duty skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Brown the lamb racks, one at a time, about 2 minutes per side.
  5. Step 5

    Arrange the racks, bone side down, in a large roasting pan. Use a spoon to spread the Dijon mustard over the meaty surface of the lamb. Spread some over each end, but most of the mustard should remain on the top surface.
  6. Step 6

    Make the nut crust by combining the pistachios, breadcrumbs, melted butter , olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl.
  7. Step 7

    Divide the mixture evenly over each rack of lamb. Press gently with your fingers to make sure it adheres to the mustard.
  8. Step 8

    Roast the lamb to your liking, until a meat thermometer registers 120 F to 125 F for rare, or 130 F to 135 F for medium-rare, 18 to 21 minutes.
  9. Step 9

    Remove the lamb from the oven, tent with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  10. Step 10

    To serve, carve the racks between the bones to cut into chops. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.