Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Grilled Rib Lamb Chops with Roasted Tomatoes and Potatoes



My youngest daughter and I went on a field trip to a farm when she was in nursery school.  We met, petted and fell in love with a couple of lambs, BaBa and BamBam.  My daughter is now in 6th grade.  I felt enough time had passed. When I grilled these lamb chops last night she informed me she wasn't going to be eating any.  I told her I would eat her share.  They were delicious. There were leftovers, she snuck a chop when she thought I wasn't looking, I pretended not to notice.  Despite their cost I will be buying more lamb chops in the future.



Lamb Chops with Roasted Tomatoes and Potatoes.

As many lamb chops as you can possibly afford. Trim the excess fat.
About 8 new potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled, if they are large, chop them in half
A generous handful of cherry tomatoes
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
Olive oil
Whatever fresh herbs you have on hand (I used parsley) finely chopped
A pinch of red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons of cumin
Baby mixed greens or arugula

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette.

3 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
1 hearty tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
6 - 8 tablespoons of olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 425 F

Place the potatoes on a baking tray, pour about a tablespoon of olive oil over them, sprinkle over the salt, pepper and chopped herbs.  Shake the the tray so that the potatoes are evenly coated and place in the oven for about 45 minutes to roast.

Cut the tomatoes in half, pour over a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and herbs and place in the oven.  Roast for about 15 minutes.

Trim the fat from the lamb chops.  Mix together about 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and cumin.  Brush the chops with the olive oil mixture so they're very well coated.

Heat a grill pan (one of my very favorite pieces of equipment) until REALLY  hot.  Lay the chops on the pan and without moving them cook for about 5 minutes per side.  My family like their meat GROSSLY overcooked, if you like it little more pink (YUM) try about 3 minutes per side. I do find overcooking the meat goes entirely against my instincts and makes me rather irritable.  However, it is of course your choice!



To make the dressing, place all the ingredients in a jar, put the top on tight and shake well.

While the meat is cooking, arrange the salad greens on a large platter.  When the potatoes and tomatoes are roasted scatter them over the greens.

When the chops are ready add them to the platter, pour over the dressing.  You might sprinkle over a little feta cheese if you like and a few more herbs.


 

20 comments:

  1. I have never had any type of lamb/mutton, etc. These look good though and I'd love to try them!

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  2. Could lamb chops be any more expensive? But man are they ever delicious. This is an interesting recipe, I have never had cumin with lamb and I think I would really enjoy it. Great photos!

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  3. What a great recipe for lamb, so thank you! I love lamb, but I hardly ever make it! Now I certainly will. Your granddaughter is so cute, lol! Hugs,
    FABBY

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  4. I am far too old to have a Mum, much less a British one. But if you were to adopt me - 1) I'm not going to live forever; 2) I can cook some stuff when you're busy; 3) children love me (for no reason that i can understand).

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  5. Oh my gosh, these look delicious! You are the second person I correspond with who posted pics of lamb chops on the net today, and not 20 minutes ago I was holding a new born baby lamb. A meat variety, too. What's a girl to do, lol.

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  6. I have never eaten lamb chops before. In fact I don't think I have ever seen them in the store where I live. Your lamb chops look delicious and your pictures look wonderful.

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  7. Mary , who can resist that deliciousness ? Your lamb chops look absolutely scrumptious ! Your daughter 's action made me laugh :D Hey ! I want my meat grossly overcooked as well lol

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  8. I do understand your daughter! How could she possibly eat BaBa and BamBam?!
    Your recipe however looks delicious! I just love roasted tomatoes and potatoes!

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  9. This looks delicious! Your daughter is very cute!

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  10. These lamb chops look fingerlickingly good! Love the rocket salad you served with them too.

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  11. Lamb is my favorite meat. It looks delicious Mary!

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  12. Oh my word, Mary... that looks unbelievably good! Next time you make them, call me, I'll come eat your daughters share :)

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  13. This really sounds incredible! I will be checking the price on lamb chops this weekend - Yum!

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  14. I'm bookmarking this, it sounds delicious! That's so funny about your daughter, kids are great! :)

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  15. Your meals are always so GORGEOUS!! And so far, I haven't tried a dud yet. :) I'm afraid of lamb chops, my hubby requested them when we were newlyweds and got the estimated recipe over the phone from someone, and they were vile!! Someday when I am brave and ready to try again, this is the one I'm going with! :)
    ~April

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  16. Oh, Mary, this isa wonderful treat. The lamb sounds delicious and I am anxious to give your recipe a try. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  17. Mmmm...I love lamb chops (but yeah, hardly ever buy them)! These look so good. I think maybe I'll make this as a solo lunch treat for myself one of these days when the kids are at school and hubs is at work... ;)

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  18. I hate cooking for my dad for that exact reason, he likes everything well done...even a beef filet. It brings a tear to my eye ;)

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  19. Oh, and the part about your daughter, hilarious. As a hard core carnivore, I have visited pig farms and such to really appreciate where my food comes from. It can be a moral dilemma sometimes. But it's not my fault meat tastes so good ;)

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