This striking yet simple entrée will win you applause. You can prepare the mustard mixture earlier in the day. The breadcrumb mixture (minus the lemon juice) can also be prepared ahead; just remember to add the juice before patting the pistachio crust onto the lamb.
Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure about 1 1/4 cups.
Combine the breadcrumbs, nuts, rind, parsley, juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.
Combine chives, mint, mustard, and garlic in a small bowl.
Sprinkle lamb with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add lamb racks; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Spread half of the mustard mixture over meaty portion of each lamb rack. Carefully pat half of the breadcrumb mixture into mustard mixture on each lamb rack.
Place the lamb on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 35 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 140° (medium-rare) to 155° (medium). Place lamb on platter; cover with foil. Let stand 10 minutes before serving (temperature will increase 5° upon standing). Slice each rack into 4 pieces (2 ribs per piece). Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.
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I love this treatment of rack of lamb. I have requested it for my birthday for several years, as it is delicious, easy to prepare, doesn't require an extra sauce, and leaves the lamb tender and juicy. We "fight" over the coating crumbs that fall into the pan. I use panko instead of the bread, and cut down on the coating a bit as there always seems to be more of it than will cover the lamb. It is delicious!
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