Lamb chops with green goddess pesto

These lamb chops are cooked to perfection in a feisty green goddess pesto rub, delicately fragrant from cumin and garam masala and have a lip smacking sauce of white wine roasted garlic. The key here is the braising of the mutton/lamb chops and that Green Goddess pesto that ensures you will fall in love with red meat,and even go for seconds!

lambchops with green goddess pesto

Hi! How are y’all? Its been a busy couple of days for me. After being on bed rest for almost week, needless to say I had a bunch (read hundred of) things piled up, quite predictably. While I enjoy working on other aspects of blogging, my favorite part is cooking ..and taking pictures. So imagine my joy when a restaurant (a very respectable one at that!) roped me in as their consultant..to develop recipes along with their team and make changes to the menu!! YAY!!!! I love trying new cuisines myself..and given that I live in a small town, the food choices here are pretty limited. So, even if we do end up going for dinner outside, barring 3-4 really good places, we don’t have many that impress me. Imagine my joy at being chosen by one of those 3 highly impressive restaurants for such a fun task. I literally couldn’t stop smiling through the meeting 😛

That apart, do you know what else makes me smile?


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These lamb chops. So so good. Its the kind of food one wants to have on weekends..cooked with a few easy pantry staple ingredients..braised till the chops are richly flavored, left in the oven to leisurely cook till its falling off the bone. Its got a deep rich flavor that no chicken can ever match..and will satisfy something primal in you the way no white meat can.

A total dude food..this is the way to have a perfect tapas themed weekend dinner with friends. Just open that bottle of wine and get the plates out..By the end of it, the men will be trying to kiss your hands and the girls… well, lets just say they wont say no to red anytime soon 😛

I love how simple this dish really is. All I need to do is rub the meat well with a simple spice mix {crushed mint and garlic powder are a must},smother it in a feisty green goddess pesto, brown them, and let it cook for a while in a delicious braising sauce of white wine, loads of roasted garlic, shallots, lemon juice and broth. Out-of-this world!

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As I mentioned earlier, this is a leisurely slow cooked item..one that you add things to, put in the oven for a couple of hours and simply forget about. Really what could be easier or more tempting on a weekend? What you get is fall-off-the-bone lamb chops! I serve it alongside some creamy twice baked mashed potatoes, buttered peas and blistered tomatoes for the perfect meal. And the wine-lemon braising liquid doubles as a nice gravy or sauce to serve with the lamb chops, so be sure to keep that!

Time taken?? 15 minutes on a very lazy Saturday evening. Brown it, braise it, put it in the oven and forget it.. Go do the hundred other things that have been piling up all week like dusting..or laundry..or finances. Heck.. simply go and take a nap if you wish..just make sure you set the timer..

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Come back in two and a half hours to open the lid and soak in the smell of heaven permeating your kitchen. The aroma will make your mouth salivate immediately, and the sight of these glistening mutton chops will make you reach in and take a bite..NOW! I am bringing these to the party tomorrow..

Don’t forget to join us for yet another fabulous Saucy Saturday!!

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Enjoy!

Bon appetite,

S 🙂

Lamb chops with green goddess pesto
 
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These lamb chops are cooked to perfection in a feisty green goddess pesto rub,delicately fragrant from cumin and garam masala and have a lip smacking sauce of white wine roasted garlic. The key here is the braising of the mutton/lamb chops and that Green Goddess pesto that ensures you will fall in love with red meat,and even go for seconds!
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Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: continental
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • Main ingredients
  • 8 lamb chops (2-inch thick)
  • olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ lemon, juice of
  • 2 cups broth (your choice of beef or vegetable broth)
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Spice mix
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried crushed mint (more for garnish)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 3 tsp paprika or red chillie flakes (adjust acc to taste)
  • For the Green goddess pesto
  • 1 cup fresh mint
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro with tender stems
  • 2 springs of rosemary or 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 green chili
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare the spice mix.
  3. Spice the lamb chops on all sides generously with the spice mix.
  4. Blend all the ingredients mentioned under the green goddess pesto well . Add it to the meat and smother it completely on both sides. Sprinkle a little chili flakes on the chops.
  5. Next,
  6. In a large cast iron skillet, heat 2 tbsp olive oil. Now add lamb chops and brown on all sides over medium-high heat.
  7. Remove lambchops from the cooking skillet.
  8. In the same skillet, add sliced shallots and saute till translucent .
  9. Now add white wine and bay leaf. Bring to a high simmer and let the liquid reduce slightly (about 4 minutes). Add broth and lemon juice, and let simmer again on medium-high heat for another 5 minutes.
  10. Add lamb back to skillet and let everything cook together for 10 minutes.
  11. Next,
  12. Cover skillet or dutch oven and place in a 350 F-heated oven for 2 hours to 2½ hours, or until lamb is cooked to tender. Turn lamb over half-way through cooking. Uncover and let cook another 10 minutes.
  13. Next,
  14. While lamb cooks, proceed to make the mashed potatoes and the sides.
  15. Once lamb is ready, let it rest for ten minutes before serving.
  16. Serve hot with a little garnish of crushed mint and fresh parsley leaves.,along side the creamy mashed potatoes,peas and tomatoes. Don't forget the wine sauce!!

8 thoughts

    1. CAroline thats so good to hear! I feel lamb doesn’t get enough attention..and yes, slow cooking lamb is simply the best way ever! Hope to see you at the party again babe.. <3

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