Creating a beautiful plate of food is immensely satisfying for the eyes and mind. On a weekend day, we decided to take our dining at home to a fancier level and that is how this dish was born.
Lamb chops are always elegant and is one of the easiest meats to cook. The strong flavor of the lamb can stand up to strong flavorings. This recipe for lamb chops is from the cookbook: Gourmet Meals in Minutes. The beautiful picture of the lamb chops on its cover is what made me buy the book.
Mint yogurt ( recipe from Starchefs, Chef Thomas John at Mantra, Boston)
1 cup fresh mint leaves, well rinsed and tightly packed
1 cup cilantro leaves, as above
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup onion, chopped
salt, to taste
1/4 cup raw mango, pitted and sliced
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup plain yogurt
Blend all ingredients in a blender. I used only half of the above measurements for two people.
Lamb chops( Broiled)
8 lamb chops
3 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon each of Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, veg.oil and chopped rosemary.
Freshly ground black pepper half tsp or more to taste
Thyme 2 tsp.chopped ( I used a tsp. of dried thyme) – optional
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine soysauce, mustard, Wostershire sauce, veg. oil, pepper, rosemary, thyme into a ziplock bag. Add the lamb. After squeezing the air out, seal the bag and turn to coat the lamb with the marinade. Refrigerate for 30 min.
Preheat the broiler. Remove the chops from the marinade. Brush off excess marinade off the bones or else it burns under the broiler. Season the chops with salt and pepper.
Broil the chops 5 inches from the heat until done. 4 min on each side for medium , and about 6-7 min for well done. Remove and cool for a few min and then plate. If desired, you can pan fry the chops before putting under the broiler.
Create a base using the mint yogurt. Place 2 lamb chops in an intercrossing pattern or side by side as seen in the picture.
Use a tuna can with top and bottom removed. Fill the rice into this to plate rice in a circular shape. If you have another side dish, place it on the side of the lamb chops.