Rack of Lamb with Tomato-Garlic-Rosemary Crust
1 tablespoon + 1 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 pounds rack of lamb, 8 chops, trim of extra fat
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
2 cloves garlic , peel and chop
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
For tomatoes, if packed in oil, drain off oil before chopping. If
using dry tomatoes, place in cup of boiling water till soft, about 5
minutes, then drain and dry thoroughly before chopping. Grease
roasting pan with 1 tsp of oil. Place lamb, bone side down, in pan
and rub with rest of oil. Rub 1 tbl. of rosemary all over lamb,
cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to overnight.
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Place breadcrumbs, rosemary, tomatoes,
garlic, salt and pepper in food process; process until well mixed.
Using back of spoon, spread mustard along fatty side of lamb, and
sprinkle on some black pepper. Press breadcrumb-tomato topping on
top of mustard, pressing down firmly. Roast lamb until internal temp
reads 125ºF for rare, about 30 minutes. Remove pan from oven and let
lamb sit loosely covered with foil 5 minutes before carving. Cut
vertically between chops to separate them, season with salt and
pepper, and serve 4 per person.