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Roasted Rack of Lamb, Mint Marinated Feta and Carrots

Servings: 6


For Feta:
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1/8 cup fresh parsley leaves
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
12 ounces Wisconsin feta cheese, cut in 24 (1/2-ounce) slices

For Hummus:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, slice
Pinch cayenne
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
3 cups canned chickpeas, drained, rinsed well
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
White pepper

For Carrots:
24 baby carrots, peeled
4 tablespoons honey

For Lamb:
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 whole lamb racks, frenched (14 to 16 chops)
3 garlic cloves
4 thyme sprigs

Cooking Directions:

For feta: Make the pesto by combining the mint, parsley, garlic, and olive oil in a blender container. Blend until smooth. Add the nuts and pepper; blend. Marinate the feta slices in the pesto for several hours or overnight.

For hummus: In a medium saucepan, combine the olive oil and garlic cloves. Cook until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cayenne and cumin. Add the chickpeas. Simmer for 5 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Puree with the lemon juice and enough water to make a thick puree. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.

For carrots: Blanch the carrots in a large pot of boiling water until crisp-tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain; toss with honey. Place in a shallow roasting pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

For lamb: Heat oven to 425°F. Place a medium roasting pan in the oven for 5 minutes to heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season the lamb all over with salt and pepper. Place the meat in the hot roasting pan. Roast 10 minutes. Add 3 garlic cloves and the thyme sprigs. Turn the lamb over. Roast an additional 10 to 15 minutes to 130°F for medium-rare. Remove from the oven. Let stand, covered with foil, for 5 minutes. Roast the carrots during the last 10 minutes of cooking time.

To serve: Place a mound of hummus in the center of each plate. Slice the lamb and place 2 or 3 chops on top of the hummus. Place the feta and carrots on top, and drizzle a bit of the pesto around the plate.

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