Monday, March 30, 2009
A new fancy pants dinner!
The trip was also productive because for the first time ever I was brave enough to make one of my favorite restaurant foods -- lamb chops. Anyway as the pictures illustrate, last nights dinner was fancy yet surprisingly easy! I made grilled lamb loin chops with sauteed green beans and mashed potatoes.
Grilled Lamb Loin Chops
1 package lamb loin chops (allow 2 chops per person)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 sprig fresh rosemary finely chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons pepper
Whisk together the spices, olive oil and vinegar. Transfer to a gallon size food storage bag and add the lamb chops. Massage the bag to coat the chops. Allow to marinade 30 minutes.
Heat grill to med. high heat. Grill chops 2 min on one side and turn grilling an additional 3 minutes for med. rare; longer for a more well done chop. Allow to rest for 10 minutes under an aluminum foil tent. Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans.
Sauteed Green Beans
1/2 to 1 lb fresh green beans trimmed
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
drizzle of balsamic vinegar
In a large skillet bring about 1/4 cup water to a boil. Add the green beans and salt. Steam for 1 minute. Drain and return the beans to the skillet. Add the olive oil and butter. Saute over medium heat. Add the pepper and garlic. Drizzle with vinegar. Serve immediately.
See my previous post entitled "Tonight's Dinner" on 3/23/2009.