Category: Lamb Meals


Rack of Lamb in Mustard Crust

* 2 racks of lamb (at least 7-8 ribs)
* Coarse salt & pepper
* 3 cups dried bread crumbs
* ¼ c minced fresh parsley
* 1 TBS chopped fresh rosemary
* 3 minced garlic cloves (or 2 TBS from the jar)
* 1 TBS paprika
* 1 tsp dried oregano
* 2TBS parmesan cheese
* 1-1 ½ cups grainy or Dijon-style mustard
* EVOO in a spray bottle

1. Set up grill for indirect grilling (light 2 of the 3 sides and preheat, leaving the middle one off)
2. Generously season the lamb racks on all sides with salt & pepper
3. Place bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, rosemary, garlic, paprika & oregano in a baking dish and stir to mix.  Spread the mustard ALL OVER the meaty parts of the racks, using a spatula.  Then, dredge the lamb into the crumb mixture to coat on all sides with the crumb mixture.  Make sure the meat is evenly covered and sprinkle some of the crumbs and pat them with your fingers.
4. SPRAY the lamb on all sides with the EVOO
5. When ready to cook, place the racks in the center or over the burner that is NOT on “meat side up” for 25-35 mins (for medium rare) and if using a meat thermometer, it should register about 145 degrees. *** Tent the ribs of the lamb with aluminum foil to keep them from burning***.
6. When done, transfer to a cutting board and let it rest for 3-4 mins then cut and serve.

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MARINADE:

1/2 c vegetable oil

1/3 c fresh orange juice

1 TBS orange zest

2TBS minced garlic

1 tsp fresh thyme (you can use dry too, if that’s what you have on hand!)

Mix it all together. It yields about 1 cup.

  1. Open the boneless leg of lamb and trim sides (make it look somewhat neat!!) and cut in two
  2. get (2) -1 gallon zip lock bags and put one in each bag and then split the marinade and put that into the bags, then take the air out of them, swish it around and put in fridge.
  3. Marinade it anywhere from 4 hours to overnight…whatever you choose!  I did it for 6 hours and it was perfect.

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Gas Grill

  • Heat the grill on “high” with all burners.
  • Take the meat and place on grill, FAT SIDE DOWN to “sear”. (Be sure that your water/squirt bottle is handy because the flames are going to shoot up!)
  • Sear for about 4 mins and then turn over and do the same for the other side.
  • Now lower the grill temp to 300-350 degrees and I turned off one burner and put the meat on that, then closed the lid and cooked for 30-35 mins or until a meat thermometer, inserted into the thickest part, reads 130 for medium rare.
  • Take off the grill, put on a platter and cover with foil and let it rest for about 10 mins. Then carve away!

MINT SAUCE:

I love mint with Lamb…so, my friend Bernie (who was very instrumental in this recipe) gave me a simple one that she uses.

  • 3 TBS hot water
  • 3TBS sugar
  • 1/2 package fresh mint removed from stems and chopped
  • 1 tsp dissolved unflavored gelatin (to thicken sauce…may add more to your liking)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla flavoring (optional)
  • YIELDS about 1/4 cup

Mix water and sugar and put in to a sauce pan and stir until dissolved.  Then add gelatin followed by chopped mint leaves. Stir and then remove from heat.  When meat is sliced, drizzle sauce over meat and then serve!! YUM!

***I personally double this recipe because I LOVE mint sauce!!! ***