We love lamb and especially enjoy a nicely done rack of this tasty meat. This recipe for Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb is a good way to get a flavorful crust on a lamb rack without making it too heavy or bready. It is a delicate crust, but that is part of what we enjoy!
Picking out a Rack of Lamb
Can you choose any rack of lamb?? Sure, but we prefer the taste of lamb that is raised in Australia or New Zealand to lamb raised in Europe or the United States. The flavor is a bit more delicate and less assertive, but this is personal preference. If that lamby flavor isn’t quite your thing, try to look for lamb from down under (Australia or New Zealand) instead.
Flavors that Pair with Lamb
There are three items worth talking about that pair perfectly with a roasted rack of lamb. The first two are classic and might be obvious – mint and mustard. These are classic flavor pairings with lamb but are often served as an either/or. But mustard and mint pair well and really make this dish shine.
We tried several mustard options for this dish. We found that smooth Dijon mustard is the best choice for making the crust work while also providing the best flavor without being overpowering.
The third item that pairs nicely here is a bit different for lamb, but it is spectacular! The sauce is essentially a mint beurre blanc (or white butter) sauce of French origin. In fact, we make many versions of butter sauces, and they usually start with some sort of wine. Here, a dry or semi-dry wine works best. Our preference for this dish is a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. The wine has a bit of citrusy sweetness without really being “sweet.”
A beurre blanc with lamb, though? Does it seem crazy that we’d pair a sauce most often associated with chicken or fish with a roasted rack of lamb?? Most often, lamb gets a deep, rich sauce or a creamy yogurt sauce, but we love how this sauce brightens the dish overall making it a bit less heavy and rich. It tastes great and works, so gimme! We hope you enjoy it as well!
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Mustard Crusted Lamb with Mint Beurre Blanc! If you give it a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
Looking for more recipes like this? Check these out:
- Caffè Mocha Lamb Lollipops
- Habanero Honey Soy Rack of Lamb cooked Sous Vide
- Elevated Pork Chops and Fennel Applesauce
- Peppercorn Crusted Steak with Brandy Cream Sauce
Do you love our recipes?
We work hard to provide you with delicious FREE recipes here on Cooking With Wine. If you love and value our content and want to support our efforts, you can contribute whatever amount you are comfortable with below.Buy me a coffee
We will continue to provide you with recipes no matter what, so there is no obligation to contribute! Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated!
Thank you for being part of our community! You are the reason we do what we do!