Lavender Honey & Almond Crusted Rack of Lamb
Recipe created by Debra Ponzek, coauthor of The Summer House Cookbook
Servings: Makes 20 servings
  • 3 racks (8 bones each) lamb , trimmed and Frenched (ask your butcher to do this for you)
  • 3 tablespoons lavender honey
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon herbes de Provence
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped blanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 2 cloves garlic , coarsely chopped
  • 3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves , washed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Directions
    Preheat oven to 425°F. Brush fat side of each rack with one tablespoon honey and sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon herbes de Provence; season with salt and pepper. Coat each rack with 1/4 cup almonds. Place racks on a baking sheet and roast, fat side up, 32 minutes for medium rare or to desired doneness.

    In a food processor, pulse almonds and garlic until finely chopped. Add basil, Parmesan, zest, and salt. With motor running, add olive oil in a slow, steady stream and process until mixture is smooth. Makes 11/4 cups.

    Remove meat from oven. Let stand at least 5 minutes before slicing each rack into 8 individual chops. Serve with almond pesto.