Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb

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Lamb is becoming one of my favorite new proteins to grill.  The last recipe was so delicious that I wanted to get another rack on the grill as fast as possible.  This time I decided to make a pistachio crusted rack of lamb.  This protein is a tender, lean cut that is full of mouthwatering flavors.  It is the perfect showstopper for any occasion.  Holiday’s to dinner parties, everyone is always impressed with this centerpiece dish.

Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb ingredients

How to properly prep a rack of lamb

First, you will need to French the rack of lamb which is just a fancy way of saying to clean up the ribs if you purchased a piece with the fat around the bones.  This is for presentation purposes only.  It’s very simple to achieve this elegant look.  With a trimming knife, slide down the side of the rib until you reach the loin.  Next, cut across until you reach the adjacent rib and repeat that the downward cut on the other side.  Once the ribs are fully visible, trim off any access fat on the front of the ribs and by the loin.

Trimmed rack of lamb

What goes in the perfect pistachio crust?

Lamb is very flavorful by itself, you do not want to take away from the natural taste of this protein.  Just a slight enhancement is all it needs.  Before seasoning, coat the loin slightly with Dijon mustard.  This will work as a binder for your crust.

Crushed Pistachio's and Herbs

Next, chop up all the herbs which include rosemary, parsley and garlic. In a foodbag, crush up the shelled pistachio’s and mix them in with the herbs.  Finally, add some pepper for the another layer of flavor. This smell is out of this world.  I wish there was a way to push out scent through the internet!

Crusted rack of lamb

Spread the dry ingredients on a tray and roll the rack of lamb in it.  Make sure to cover all the meaty sides.

How to grill the perfect rack of lamb.

Get the grill nice and hot at 450 degrees.  Start with searing the rack of lamb on direct heat and then move it over to indirect heat until the lamb reaches 125 degrees internal temperature.

grilled rack of lamb

Remove the pistachio crusted rack of lamb off the grill, and let it rest for 10 minutes before cutting into single serve lollipops. Enjoy!

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Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

Lamb Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Rack of lamb
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • 1/2 cup Chopped parsley

Instructions
 

Grilling Rack of Lamb

  • With a trimming knife, slide down the side of the rib until you reach the loin. Next, cut across until you reach the adjacent rib and repeat that the downward cut on that side.  Once the ribs are fully visible, trim off any access fat on the front of the ribs as well as the loin. 
  • Next, chop all the herbs which include rosemary, parsley and garlic.
  • In a foodbag, crush up the shelled pistachio's and mix them in with the herbs.
  • Finally, add some pepper for another layer of flavor.
  • Spread the dry ingredients on a tray and roll the rack of lamb in it.  Make sure to cover all the meaty sides.
  • Get the grill nice and hot at 450 degrees. 
  • Start with searing the rack of lamb on direct heat and then move it over to indirect until the lamb reaches 125 degrees internal temperature.
  • Remove off the grill and let the lamb rest for 10 minutes

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