PARMESAN CRUSTED RACK OF LAMB- For a Spring Holiday Feast!
Recipe by: Monte Mathews

HipSilver is preparing for the Spring Holidays and Monte Mathews has us feeling inspired to cook up a rack of lambs! Mathews' says, "Of all the things that you can rely on when you want to make dinner special, the rack of Lamb should be high on your list. It’s astonishingly easy to cook and requires very little effort. That’s especially true with this method of cooking from the New York Times Cookbook.

Basically, you sear the lamb in a cast iron skillet, slather the rack with mustard and top it with an aromatic and flavorful herb and parmesan breadcrumb mixture. Into the oven it goes where it cooks for about 20 to 25 minutes and emerges as a perfect dinner party dish even if that dinner party is only for two."

Recipe for Parmesan Crusted Rack of Lamb - 1 Rack serves 2 people and this recipe can easily be scaled up.
Takes all of 25 minutes active time and a little over an hour in total

3/4 cups of fresh breadcrumbs
½ cup grated Reggiano Parmigiano Cheese
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3 ½ tbsp. olive oil
1- 8 rib rack of lamb (about 1 ½ lbs) trimmed and all but a thin layer of fat removed, at room temperature.
2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard

Special Equipment: An instant-read thermometer

1. Stir together bread crumbs, parsley, mint, cheese, salt and pepper in a small bowl, drizzle with 2 ½ tbsp. olive oil and toss until well combined.
Put a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Season lamb with salt and pepper. Heat remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking.
Brown one rack at a time, turning once, about 4 minutes per rack. Set aside rack if you are cooking multiple racks. Spread the fatty side of each rack with 2 tbsp. of Dijon mustard. Then top the rack with the breadcrumb mixture, gently pressing the crumbs to adhere.

3. Roast the lamb in the oven until thermometer inserted 2 inches into center (without touching the bone) registers 130 degrees for medium rare, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand for 10 minutes, loosely covered with foil, then cut into individual chops and serve.