Roast Lamb Chops & Potatoes

IMG_0728This is a Greek food site – here you’re going to get many offerings of lamb. This past summer during my vacation in Greece, we celebrated August 15th (Panagias) with a feast of grilled lamb chops.

I bought too many from the butcher and I froze the rest. Fast forward to early September and out came the lamb chops. Oh I could have grilled them again but I was feeling lazy. It was Sunday, on vacation and that’s my prerogative.

This recipe is a fabulous way to enjoy lamb, especially those who don’t have a grill or perhaps even a leg of lab is too big for your Sunday lunch. You can buy as much lamb chops as you wish, according to how many are sitting at your table.

The great thing about this recipe is that the fat renders and gets all cozy with the potatoes beneath the lamb. The meat is tender, very flavourful and the ends are crispy. The closest to grilled lamb chops without using a grill!IMG_0722

Roast Lamb Chops & Potatoes

(serves 4-6)

approx. 1 1/2 kg. of lamb shoulder and loin chops

Marinade

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, passed through a box grater

10-12 cloves of garlic, minced

zest of 1 lemon

2 Tbsp. Dijon style mustard

10 sprigs of fresh thyme

2 tsp. dried Greek oregano

4 tsp. sea salt

1 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary

For the potatoes

approx. 12 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered lengthwise

1 cup hot chicken stock

2 1/2 tsp. sea salt

3/4 tsp. ground pepper

juice of 1 lemon

  1. Add all the marinade ingredients into a deep roasting pan and mix with a spoon. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add your lamb and cover, then place in the fridge for 6 -12 hours.
  2. When ready to roast your lamb and potatoes, take the meat out of the fridge and transfer the meat to tray (temporarily). Add the potatoes into the roasting pan along with the salt, pepper, stock and lemon juice and toss to incorporate.
  3. Now place the lamb (plus marinade) on top of the potatoes and pre-heat your oven to 400F (middle rack).IMG_0699
  4. Roast uncovered for 30 minutes then take out of the oven and flip your pieces of lamb and place in the oven for another 30 minutes. Roast for additional time if your potatoes need more cooking time.
  5. Remove from the oven, divide and serve roast lamb and potatoes, spooning pan juices over the lamb.
  6. Serve with an Alpha Estate Pinot Noir.

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Peter Minakis

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1 Comment for “Roast Lamb Chops & Potatoes”

Kolette

says:

Absolute perfection! This is just the simpliest, and best way to cook lamb chops and potatoes in one shot.