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Monday, August 9, 2010

Lamb Chops Sizzled with Garlic



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...My family loves lamb in all its iterations, and while they're visiting we'll enjoy it several times. We were out for most of the day, so dinner had to be quick and light enough to overcome the damage done by a lunch of thickly battered fish and chips. Lamb chops are perfect for a quick, light meal. The chops I prepared are based on a dish that is served in the village of Las Pedroneras, which is considered to be the garlic capital of Spain. The recipe was originally developed by Janet Mendel for Food and Wine magazine, and she has given us a classic that I've made over and over again with slight variations. The chops cook very quickly, so it's best to have your sides ready to go before you begin to saute them. I served the chops with a lovely pilaf, that I'll be featuring later in the week, and with an Andalusian Salad that's made with oranges, avocados and almonds. It really was a satisfying dinner that had lovely color and variety of textures as well. While I should have made a flan to end the meal, I decided, instead, to serve a lovely lemon scented iced milk with berries and a wine sauce that been featured here before. The original recipe calls for thin loin chops, but I prefer to use double cut chops instead. Visiting family was made to be spoiled and if you're in for a penny, you may as well be in for a pound. Those who try these chops will love them. Here's how they're made.

Lamb Chops Sizzled with Garlic...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, inspired by Janet Mendel

Ingredients:
8 double cut lamb loin chops, trimmed
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme or a pich of dried
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
10 small garlic cloves, halved
3 tablespoons dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced parsley
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Directions:

1) Season lamb with salt and pepper and sprinkle lightly with thyme. In a very large skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add lamb chops and garlic and cook over moderately high heat until chops are browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. If garlic looks like it might burn remove it from the pan. Turn over chops and garlic and cook until chops are browned, about 5 minutes longer for medium meat. Transfer chops to plates, leaving the garlic in the skillet.
2) Add wine, lemon juice, parsley and crushed red pepper to pan and cook, scraping up any browned bits stuck to bottom of pan, until sizzling, about 1 minute. Pour garlic and pan sauce over the lamb chops and serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.

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75 comments :

Pondside said...

I'm the only one in my family who likes lamb, and I love it. I only get to eat it in a restaurant, and I'm pretty picky as not everyone cooks it just right. This recipe looks wonderful, but I guess I'll just have to read it and wish!

Jen_from_NJ said...

Mary, your lamb chops look incredible! What a lucky family you have to be graced with such a fabulous home cooked meal. I am looking forward to your pilaf post too.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Buongiorno Mary :-))
questo piatto mi piace molto... amo l'agnello cotto in tutte le maniere.
In America usate farlo anche fritto ?
E' veramente delizioso con del succo di limone sopra !!
Ciao

Jeannie said...

This is so amazing looking! I am waiting for my song to cook this dish for me:D

♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

I love lamb, but to tell you honestly, I've never tried cooking it yet. think I could use your advice when you said that it cooks quickly, when I go grocery shopping, I won't hesitate to put lamb chops in my basket. Thanks Mary!
xo,
Malou

Lucie said...

Your lamb chops look great! I love them with a mint sauce, but this looks great as well. Mmm, garlic!

bellini valli said...

I don't eat red meat often but when I do it is usually lamb.

penny aka jeroxie said...

Lamb can be a understated piece of meat. when it is well cooked, it is better than a nice piece of steak for me,

Houdini said...

I would probably be more generous with the thyme, 10 cloves garlic must give a great taste, to avoid their burning, they could be added after the meat.

jelena said...

the simpler the ingredients the better the dish! Great lamb chops! We would love for your family to guess post on your blog so you can enjoy a day off from the stove!

Angie's Recipes said...

This lamb chop dish has to be the best one I have seen in a LONG time! Incredible!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Mary, my husband love lamb chop, I must copy down this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Michael Toa said...

The lamb chops look absolutely delicious. I am definitely coming over for dinner one day :)
Have a wonderful time with your family. Michael

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This sounds just wonderful to me. I love lamb. Diane

A Year on the Grill said...

What a terrific photo... I love lamb, and of course garlic. Terrific recipe! Hope you are having fun with the family!

Ana Powell said...

I have the knife and fork ready.
What a delicious dish.
Wishing you a great week ♥

Big Dude said...

The lamb looks very good and I'll save and forward on to the family lamb lovers.

MaryMoh said...

I love garlic.....use lots in my cooking. I'll love this...already drooling :D Beautiful picture!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Yummy ingredients = yummy results!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

your lamb chops sound really delicious, look like those serve in outside restaurant, well done Mary!

Martha said...

Lamb chops are a favorite at Lnderhof and I'll have to try this version.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I'm a lamb lover too and I know these would be a big hit here in my household

Katerina said...

My father is great fan of lamb. I am sure he would want to have a bite. I, on the other hand, go more for veal, chicken or pork. Perhaps I could try making it with pork chops. It looks very juicy.

Faith said...

My hubby really adores lamb but I'm always grasping for new ways to make it since it's not one of the meats that I'm more familiar with. He would absolutely love this...thank you, Mary!

From the Kitchen said...

We do enjoy lamb and this recipe contains all the ingredients to make a delicious chop! I'm sure your family looks forward to your meals with great anticipation!

Best,
Bonnie

Ginny said...

I love lamb, but it is very hard to get around here. These look so good! The only way I've ever cooked lamb is in an Irish stew.

chriesi said...

So juicy!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

OK, Mary, of the many many recipes that I have read on your beautiful blog, this is the first one that I haven't wanted to cook.

I have tried to like lamb, but I still do not. But I can see from your comments that lots of people love lamb. (You sure get a lot of fun comments.)

Enjoy your wonderful food with your wonderful family that is visiting.

Fondly,
Glenda

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, my Dad and husband (and I) love lamb and don't get to enjoy it as frequently as I'd like due to the pricetag here. This is a wonderful meal and I'm sure your family was duly appreciative
xoxo Pattie

PeggyR said...

Those wound really yummy. We love lamb.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I love the thought of just "sizzling" the lamb with garlic. The chops look heavenly!

3 hungry tummies said...

I love the simplicity of the dish. Best way to cook lamb :)

Jenn said...

What a beautiful piece of meat! I can only imagine how wonderful it tastes...especially with all that garlic!

Brenda said...

I love lamb and for some reason rarely make it. Your chops looks beautiful, I can only imagine how good they tasted. Enjoy your day!

Susi said...

Your picture of the lamb chops looks incredible! I love everything about this recipe and will be looking for lamb to make this for my husband!

Pam said...

The meat looks delicious and a great thing for your dinner! Love all that garlic! Have a good day, Mary!

Bossy Chef said...

Pardon me while I wipe the drool from my face.... I wish I had seen this yesterday... we just had lamb chops last night. There is always next time. Yum.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Hubby loves lamb. I'm not a big fan of it, but this recipe is tempting me! Lovely!

tatabonita said...

Wish I could take it from the LCD hehehe LOL!

StephenC said...

I wish lamb chops weren't so expensive. Usually I just have to settle for lamb burgers.

Sage said...

You do come up with great recipes to tempt me and this one sounds wonderful!
I wish my husband liked lamb,so i keep it for the restaurant.
Rita

Monet said...

Garlic does amazing things...and it looks like they worked their magic with these lamb chops. Yum!

Megan said...

I've always wanted to try lamb but have been afraid I would ruin it and no one would eat it, resulting in waste. These chops might have just pushed me out of my comfort zone. I must put lamb on the menu soon!

Sushma Mallya said...

love garlic flavour on any of my dish,looks yum

M. said...

I love lamb myself, so this is very mouthwatering to me just even read about it! Great dish!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've never had lamb chops!

Foodessa said...

Mary...although I've cut on my consumption of meat...I admit to enjoying a nice dish such as this one on occasion.
The ingredients blend incredibly well together. Buon appetito ;o)

Ciao for now,
Claudia

Joanne said...

Delicious! I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy lamb. I love how easy this is.

tasteofbeirut said...

Wonderful lamb chops! Can't think of a better combo of spices and the garlic is essential here!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Mary, those lamb chops look heavenly. Must try this one. Thanks for sharing.
Sue

Suman Singh said...

such elegant and deliciously looking good Lamb chops..

Jennifurla said...

Oh dear, how beautiful

Juliana said...

Oh Mary, what a nice lamb dish...it looks absolutely delicious...I haven't tried to cook lamb at home, but when I do, I sure will follow your directions ;-)

RamblingTart said...

Those garlic bits look amazing, Mary! :-) I love lamb so much and am so interested in new ways of preparing it. This looks fantastic! :-)

Biren said...

Wow...those lamb chops look incredible! The sauce sounds so flavorful.

JG said...

Your family must have enjoyed these lamb chops!

I've never cooked lamb chops, only roasted the leg for the holidays. These would be a great surprise one night for dinner! Thanks!

Annie said...

I love lamb and and this recipe is great and the photo is beautiful.

Mary have a nice week

Cathy said...

Lamb is a big favorite in my house and I can't wait to prepare this at our next family dinner. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Mary.

Julie M. said...

I love lamb, it reminds me of family. Your version looks perfectly executed. Nice work!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

This looks wonderful, despite the fact I'm not a fan of lamb.

Wonderful photo.

Carmen

Adelina said...

60th comment- you are very popular, Lady! What's the secret? Of course, great recipes, amazing behind-the scenes stories, and those amazing shots?...how do you do it?...maybe your kids are out of your house already!...anyways- great recipe- and I see you have a lot of respect for those upscale food magazines- I have a ton of them and still do not know hoe to use them- somehow I get it quick and easy my way, despite all the steps in the recipe! Thanks a lot for your patience of writing and great blogging!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I have never had lamb but I LOVE garlic! Looks awesome! Thanks!

Kerstin said...

What yummy lamb chops! I like that I already have all the ingredients in my pantry too :)

Food for 7 Stages of Life said...

That is a gorgeous and scrumptious lamb chops.. yumm yumm...

Diana's Cocina said...

What a flavorful sauce. The lamb and garlic make this dish incredible. Looks delish!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I would really like to get around to eating lamb a bit more--I've only had it once, and it was just served in a buffet, so I bet once it's dressed up with this sauce it's irresistable!

Chef E said...

Hubby is so going to kill me if I tell him I want meat again for our dinner! Yikes, I wonder if I could shape some tofu into lamb shaped chops and do this, lol!

My Little Space said...

Oh I am drooling! Haven't eaten any lamb chop for a long long time. So craving for it.
Regards, kristy

Louise said...

delicious... this reminds me of "gambas al ajillo" spanish shrimp in olive oil and garlic... my favorite

Debs said...

Oh yum, sounds delicious.

Debinhawaii said...

I was just carving lamb and thinking I needed to pick up some chops. These look so delicious and full of flavor. ;-)

Salsa Verde said...

I love lamb chops and this recipe, with all those fantastic ingredients, sounds so delicious and fantastic!!
Love,
Lia.

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Oh My this looks so mouthwatering and juicy. I wish i had a bite now. Im very excited to make this..... DIVINE!

nancy at good food matters said...

these lamb chops look like many perfect bites--I love lamb and haven't cooked it in a while----perfect inspiration, thanks Mary!

Karen said...

Lamb is one of my favorites. This recipe sounds really good with all the garlic!

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