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Seared Rack of Lamb with Pistachio Tapenade

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled and toasted
  • 1/2 cup pitted Cerignola olives
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped oregano leaves
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • One 8-pound rack of lamb
  • Salt to taste
  • Chef notes

    For perfect lamb, first cook the chops for roughly 2 minutes per side on medium-high heat, until each side is gorgeously caramelized. And then, roast the lamb. 

     

    Preparation

    To make the pistachio tapenade:

    1.

    In a food processor combine the pistachios, olives, capers, garlic, herbs and puree. While the machine is running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until the mixture becomes a paste.

    2.

    Add the zest and pulse 1 more time, drizzling in more oil if necessary.

    3.

    Reserve until ready to use.

    To make the lamb: 

    1.

    Remove 2 rib bones from the 8 rib rack to make it a 6-rib rack. Counting from either end remove the 2nd and 7th bone. This will create 6 even chops that are thicker than a normal lamb chop.

    2.

    Cut 6 even chops and season them generously with salt and allow them to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before cooking.

    3.

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

    4.

    Coat a large sauté pan generously with olive oil and bring to medium-high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the lamb chops and cook for about 2 minutes on each side to brown. If the pan begins to smoke, lower the heat. The chops should be beautifully caramelized on both sides.

    5.

    Remove the chops to a sheet pan and schmear generously with the pistachio tapenade.

    6.

    Place in preheated oven and cook another 4 to 5 minutes for medium rare.

    7.

    Remove chops from oven and let rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.