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Pistachio crusted lamb chops with puy lenils and roasted winter squash

Dijon and Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb

Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb. A rack of lamb is seared, then coated with Dijon Mustard and a crunchy layer of a ground pistachios and bread crumbs. Roasted in the oven until tender and juicy gives you a restaurant quality dinner. Easier than you think and impressive.

Course Main Course Lamb
Cuisine French
Keyword Crusted Rack of Lamb
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 260 kcal


  • 1 8 chop Rack of Lamb Frenched
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Rosemary leaves
  • 12 tablespoon Fresh Thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs 1
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the rosemary, thyme and olive oil. Salt and pepper the rack of lamb and them rub the olive mixture on the lamb. Let marinade in refrigerator for 2 hours.  Bring to room temperature before cooking. (let set at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1 hour)

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  3. In the meantime, pulse the pistachios in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add the softened butter and bread crumbs and pulse until just mixed. 

  4. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add the vegetable oil. When oil is hot sear lamb on both sides until browned.

  5. With a pastry brush, coat the lamb with the Dijon mustard. Pat the pistachio mixture onto the lamb with your hands until well coated.

  6. Place the rack of lamb in a roaster. Roast in oven until thermometer ready 160 degrees. 

  7. Remove from oven and tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice the chops into 4 servings. (two chops remain together) 

Recipe Notes

It's important to use a meat thermometer for this recipe. Over temperatures vary, so keeping track of the internal temperature is important to insure a perfect roast.

Nutrition Facts
Dijon and Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 143mg6%
Potassium 307mg9%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1140IU23%
Vitamin C 34.1mg41%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.