Well, they look like small, fat pork chops but more of a red meat. The taste sort of like steak but wayyyyy more tender and flavorful when eaten medium-rare. And I'm about to tell you how to cook them! I'm no expert, considering this was my first time cooking or eating them, but we all thought they were delicious.
I think the only down sides to these lamb loins is that 1) the cut of meat is usually pretty pricey and 2) it's a lot of work to get all the meat off the bone and it's a very small amount of meat. Like I was shameless gnawing on the bone to get all the meat off because I was at my grandparents' house. If I was out to dinner, things may have gotten a little weird. But as for the taste and ease of cooking, they are wonderful!
I served these chops with the lemon thyme turnips and the honey glazed snow peas and carrots that I shared in the last two posts. I loved the combination of the lemon, the honey, and the ginger. It was just so flavorful, yet fresh and subtle.
Give these a try if you're feeling adventurous or want to cook a meal that sounds/looks really impressive!
Lamb Loin Chops with a Ginger Brandy Sauce (4 servings of 2 chops) adapted from The Hungry Mouse
- seasonings (we got them from our butcher but you can just make your own using whatever herbs you have/like)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp butter, cold
- 1/4 cup ginger brandy
- 2 tsp parsley
- 2 tsp oregano
- Heat the oil over medium-high heat.
- Cook the chops for 3-4 minutes on each side. This will cook the meat medium-rare.
- Remove the chops from the pan and place in a baking dish. Place into the oven (any low-ish temperature is fine because they will only be in there for a minute or two, you just don't want them to get cold).
- Add cold butter to the pan. Pour in the brandy. It will produce a lot of smoke so stand back and don't worry.
- Add the parsley and oregano to the sauce.
- Add the chops back to the pan. Flip once or twice to coat them in the sauce.
- Transfer the chops to a serving platter. Drizzle the remaining sauce on top. Serve immediately.
|the chops are done!|
|cooked and sauced!|