Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Little Wow on Your Plate

Baby lamb chops are total yum yum.

But, those suckers are a tough find in Hammonton grocery stores. Which is why the Jersey Girl usually resorts to eating baby lamb chops when out on the town, normally another town – such as Philadelphia.

Anyhoo, I’m always thrilled when I can find something unusual and special in my local yocal shops. So, when baby lamb chops greeted me in the meat aisle at ShopRite, I jumped on my chance.

So here’s my version of Grilled Baby Lamb Chops with Basil-Parsley Sauce.

These are awesome to make when trying to impress someone. I don’t really have anyone I care to woo over with my amazingness at this stage in the game because all the peeps in my circle are already aware that I am a goddess.

But, you know, if you’re cooking for your sweetie for the first time or in-laws or the boss or somebody like that, stick with this recipe. They will give you mad props!

You can serve this as a main or a starter. Make sure you don’t overcook the lamb chops. Just set the timer to be safe. And you can make the sauce in advance. It is a gorgeous shade of bright green because of all that fresh basil and parsley. Love.

Grilled Baby Lamb Chops are served with Arugula Salad and Stuffed Tomatoes.

Basil-Parsley Sauce
1 cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 clove of garlic
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Place the first 6 ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until well blended. (You may need to scrape the sides once.)

Add olive oil. Pulse until well combined, smooth and vibrant green.

Serve with grilled baby lamb chops.

Grilled Baby Lamb Chops
8 to 12 baby lamb chops
Salt and pepper to taste
Extra virgin olive oil

Season both sides of the baby lamb chops with salt and pepper. Brush each side with a drizzle of olive oil.

Preheat grill pan over medium-high heat. Place lamb chops on pan. Grill the first side for four minutes. Flip the lamb chops. Grill the second side for four minutes.

Remove from pan to serving platter with Basil Parsley Sauce.

Please note: The Jersey Girl suggests three to four baby lamb chops per person when served as a main course.

1 comment:

  1. I just don't have the heart to eat and make these... :-(