Rack of lamb nicoise

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Rack of lamb nicoise

1 handful flat leaf parsley

1/2 tsp chopped leaves rosemary

1/2 tsp chopped thyme, leaves only

1 clove garlic, roughly chopped

125g white bread crumbs, half dry and half fresh

2 French-trimmed racks of lamb

50g butter

2 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp Dijon mustard

For the Niçoise garnish

3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

4 small vine-ripened cherry tomatoes

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 large courgette, cut into 5 mm dice

10 black olives, pitted

1 basil leaf

Process the parsley in a food processor until thinly hopped.

Toss in the rosemary, thyme and garlic and process some more.

Put in the breadcrumbs, handful by handful, until you get a fine mix.

Heat the oven to 240°C. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over the lamb.

Place the butter and oil into a large frying pan or a roasting tin set over medium heat.

Put in the lamb racks then brown on all sides for about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat then put in the oven for about 4 or 5 minutes.

Set aside to rest for at least 10 minutes.

Making the Niçoise garnish:

Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a small frying pan set over medium heat.

Add the courgette and cook for about 2 or 3 minutes until tender. Leave aside.

Put the cherry tomatoes, still on their vine, in a baking sheet.

Top with the rest of olive oil then sprinkle with salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar.

Put in the oven for about 5 minutes, until the tomatoes begin to crack. Take out of the oven and leave aside while keeping warm.

Brush the mustard all over the lamb then coat with the breadcrumb and herb mix. Put back in the oven for 5 more minutes.

In a bowl, combine the courgette, olives, basil, salt and pepper. Take the lamb out of the oven. Set aside shortly before slicing.

Lay 2 or 3 lamb chops on each dish. Add a few roasted tomatoes then place the courgette mix around the lamb. Top with a dash of olive oil and serve.

Serves
4

Preparation Time
25 minutes

Cooking Time
15 minutes

Main ingredients
Lamb

Recipe Type
Dinner, Easy, Entertaining, Family Dinners

Special Info
Nut free, Pregnant Mums

Level of Difficulty
Moderately Easy

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