Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rosemary garlic lamb chops

 Wow, my poor neglected blog. sniff sniff.  I feel so bad.  I still haven't posted recipes from last summer!! sigh..Oh well, can't undo the past.  I just haven't been in the mood to food blog.  I will however blog about this lamb recipe because it is delicious so thought I'd share. :)  Mike and I have been on a lamb craving frenzy lately.  I'm surprised we haven't started raising them in the back yard just so we can eat them!! nom nom nom.  I don't know when or how it started but it did.  We went from never buying lamb chops in our lives to having to buy it at least every 2 weeks! It is just so damn good.  As much as I'd love to buy an actual rack of lamb or a leg of lamb, that is just not in our meat budget.  for two teeny weeny racks it was $28.00 at Sam's club.  Yikes! Soo we've been buying lamb shoulder chops that are between $6-$8 per lb depending on the sale and they are awesome!! Enjoy!

Adapted from Bon Appetit
  • 4 large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, lightly crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, lightly crushed
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 6 1-1/4-inch-thick lamb loin chops ( I use lamb shoulder chops because suit my wallet more. lol )


  • Mix first 4 ingredients and 1 tablespoon olive oil in large bowl. Add lamb; turn to coat. Let marinate at room temperature at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour. 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add lamb; cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer skillet to oven and roast lamb chops to desired doneness, about 10 minutes for medium-rare. Transfer lamb to platter, cover, and let rest 5 minutes. ( I did NOT do the oven step, I simply fried my shoulder shops in the cast iron skillet for about 6 minutes a side for well done and then let rest for 5.)
And Enjoy!