Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lamb with Chianti Vinaigrette

So sorry for the lack of blogging! I have been insanely busy at work and last weekend was Chris' birthday so we were lucky enough to get away for the weekend.  We took a really nice trip up to Santa Paula and stayed in a cute bed and breakfast there.  Before we left for our trip I wanted to make him a special birthday dinner featuring one of his favorite things to eat, lamb chops.  I found the most beautiful chops at Whole Foods Market, which if you've never been there is AMAZING and you need to get yourself over there right now!  They have just about every kind of meat and seafood you can imagine.  I could spend all day there just browsing.

These chops are perfect for when you want to have an elegant main course, or a unique appetizer for a dinner party.  They would also make a romantic meal for Valentine's Day! 

4-6 servings

4 to 6 lamb rib or loin chops
2 cups Chianti
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
Salt and freshly ground pepper for seasoning


Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Grill until caramel-colored grill marks appear, and an instant-read meat thermometer registers 125 degrees F. for medium-rare, about 5 to 7 minutes per side, depending on thickness.  You want the lamb to have a nice brown crust.

Meanwhile, place the wine in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil gently until reduced to 1 cup, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. Whisk in the honey until dissolved. Add the extra-virgin olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.

Serve the lamb chops on a platter drizzled with Chianti Vinaigrette.  

Adapted from Giada

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Brandi said...

Looks good! Making lamb chops has always scared me- but this recipe doesn't seem too scary so I may conquer my fears soon

Chelsea said...

Thanks Brandi! It's actually surprisingly easy when you grill them. Just sear both sides for a few minutes and they're done!

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