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Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mushroom Sauce Recipe

With this easy, surefire recipe, you don't have to be intimidated to prepare rack of lamb for a holiday dinner. Rice pilaf and roasted asparagus are a lovely way to round out the meal.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 frenched racks of lamb (1-1/2 pounds each)
  • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint or 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • MUSHROOM SAUCE:
  • 3/4 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives, optional

Directions

  • 1. Sprinkle lamb with steak seasoning. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook lamb in oil for 2 minutes on each side. Brush with mustard.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the panko, thyme, mint, Worcestershire sauce and rosemary; press onto lamb. Transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°).
  • 3. In a large skillet, saute mushrooms in oil and 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Remove from the heat. Stir in the broth, honey, remaining butter and chives if desired.
  • 4. Remove lamb from oven and loosely cover with foil. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with sauce. Yield: 4 servings (1 cup sauce).

Nutritional Facts

1/2 rack with 1/4 cup sauce equals 532 calories, 39 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 130 mg cholesterol, 861 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 33 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.