Monday, July 29, 2019

Easy Garlic Rosemary Lamb Chops

I started out looking for a marinade for the lamb chops I got from the grocery store, planning on making them up in advance and doing something fancy. As we all know... plans often change! I ended up getting sidetracked with something else and by the time I got back to the lamb chops it was already dinner time. I decided to just do a sort-of rub with a few ingredients and pan fry them. Best decision ever! From start to finish in about 20 minutes and the flavor was amazing! 
The next time you are cooking lamb chops and want to go the quick-and-easy-but-still-amazing route.... give these a try! 

Easy Garlic Rosemary Lamb Chops

salt & pepper
4 lamb chops
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 tsp + 3 Tbsp oil
juice from one large lemon
2 Tbsp water
1 tsp dried parsley

Salt and pepper your lamb chops on both sides. Place on a plate and set aside.
In a small bowl combine minced garlic and dried rosemary and the 1/4 tsp of oil. Mix well. 

Divide mixture in half. Spread half of the mixture evenly on the tops of the lamb chops. Reserve the second half of the mixture. 

Heat the remaining 3 Tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add pork chops, garlic side up, to the pan. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes and then flip over.
Spread the remaining garlic mixture onto the cooked side of the lamb chops.

Cook an additional 3 - 4 minutes, until desired level of doneness is reached. (Use a meat thermometer for best results) When they are done, remove from the pan and place on plates. 
Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice, water, and parsley to the pan to deglaze it. Make sure to stir up all the brown bits! 

Divide this in 4 and spoon on top of each of the lamb chops. 

Serve immediately. 
Using the lemon juice to deglaze the pan adds a fabulous hint of lemon to the garlic and rosemary flavors that I am now convinced is what heaven tastes like. 
How easy was that, right? No marinating, no muss, no fuss and you end up with delicious lamb chops that are guaranteed to impress your guests!
This is a pretty forgiving recipe, FYI, you can also easily double the recipe for more chops or half it for less.

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