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Miso-Rubbed Rack of Lamb

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2 tablespoons dark miso

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature

1 tablespoon mild chili powder

1 large egg yolk

1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 frenched racks of lamb (1½ pounds each)

Salt and ground black pepper

¼ cup panko (Japanese-style) bread crumbs

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the miso, butter, chili powder, egg yolk and sage. Set aside.

In a large saute pan, heat the oil. Season the lamb with salt and pepper, then add it to the pan and sear until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Let the lamb cool slightly, then smear the miso-butter mixture over both sides. Firmly press the panko into the miso-butter mixture on the rounded side of each rack.

Place the racks, rounded fat sides up, in a roasting pan. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted at the center of the rack reads 125 degrees, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer the lamb to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.

Serves four.

"New American Table" by Marcus Samuelsson (2009 Wiley)

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