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Sunday, August 14, 2011

One-Skillet Lamb Chops with Pears & Balsamic Pan Sauce

4 medium or 6 small 3/4-inch thick lamb loin chops (1 to 1 1/4 lb), fat trimmed
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup 100% unsweetened apple juice
1/4 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 firm-ripe pear, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices
3/4 tsp fresh rosemary, thyme or combination, chopped
Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add lamb; cook to desired doneness, about 2 1/2 minutes per side for medium rare or 4 minutes per side for medium. Transfer lamb to plates and cover to keep warm.
Discard any fat from skillet and return to medium heat. Add apple juice, broth, vinegar and pear to skillet, and cook, scraping up any browned bits in the bottom of the pan until liquid is reduced by about half, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in herbs. Top lamb with pears and pan sauce, and serve. Garnish with additional rosemary or thyme, if desired.

Leg of Lamb with Roasted Pear and Pine Nut Relish

You can also serve the relish with roast beef, pork, or chicken. Prepare it up to two days in advance, but be sure to stir in the nuts just before serving so they stay crunchy. Embellish the platter with fresh pears, roasted onion wedges, lemon slices, and flat-leaf parsley.
Photo by: Becky Luigart-Stayner

YIELD: 18 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces lamb and about 3 tablespoons relish)
COURSE: Main Dishes
6 firm ripe Anjou pears, peeled, cored, and quartered
1 medium Rio or other sweet onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Cooking spray
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 garlic cloves
1 small onion, cut into 8 wedges
1 (5-pound) boneless leg of lamb, trimmed
Preheat oven to 400°.
To prepare relish, arrange pears in a single layer in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Arrange onion slices in a single layer in another 13 x 9-inch baking dish; lightly coat onion slices with cooking spray. Bake pears and onion slices at 400° for 40 minutes or until tender, turning once. Cool; chop.
Combine 2 teaspoons rind and next 7 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon black pepper) in a large bowl; add chopped onion and pears, tossing gently to combine. Stir in nuts just before serving.

To prepare lamb, combine 1 tablespoon lemon rind and next 10 ingredients (through onion wedges) in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Roll roast, and secure at 3-inch intervals with twine. Spread the onion mixture over lamb; cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 450°.
Place lamb on the rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; place rack in pan. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Decrease oven temperature to 300° (do not remove lamb from oven); bake an additional 1 hour or until thermometer registers 145° (medium-rare) to 160° (medium). Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve relish with lamb.


2 large onions, peeled & sliced
2 Lbs. of Lean lamb, leg or shoulder cut into 2" pieces
4 Pears, peeled cored & cut into quarters
Water, to cover the meat
1/2 cup slivered almonds
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 tsp Black pepper
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ground ginger
1 tsp Ground coriander
1 tsp Cumin
Tagines are Moroccan slow-cooked meat, fruit & vegetable dishes which are almost invariably made with lamb. Although not authentic, beef can be used as a substitute and turns out great as well.
In a large saucepan gently fry the onion in the olive oil until soft. Add lamb, ginger, and coriander to the pan and cook until it changes color. Add cumin, black pepper, cinnamon, and water to just cover the meat and salt to taste.
Cover and simmer gently until the meat is tender, about 1.5-2 hours. (Displace the lid a little after an hour if there appears to be too much liquid.)
Add the pears to the meat together with almonds. Cook for a further 5 minutes or until the pears are soft.

Place in a tagine and serve hot. Normally eaten using bread but rice is a great substitute.