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Lamb Chops with Orange-Herb Crust & Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes

Lamb Chops with Orange Herb Crust and Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes

When the popular German food magazine Lust auf Genuss asked to feature eat in my kitchen in their February print issue I was more than excited. This magazine is a culinary gem! Their fantastic team creates so many amazing recipes and shares detailed information about our every day ingredients. I really love their special columns about wine makers and other fascinating food producers and their delicious products, just reading through the pages and seeing the pictures makes me want to cook!

I was very lucky, this month’s issue was about citrus fruits which made my pleasure even greater, there is barely a recipe without oranges, lemons or tangerines coming out of my kitchen at the moment. So a whole magazine dedicated to my beloved powerful fruits felt like the perfect surrounding for a feature about me and the blog, especially because I was asked to contribute a new recipe which wasn’t on the blog yet. My first choice was guinea fowl with lemon ricotta stuffed under the skin but the magazine’s own cooking team had a similar recipe in mind. Lamb chops were next on my list. Easter is close and there’ll definitely be lamb on the table at one point, it also combines wonderfully with citrus flavours. It seemed just perfect. The decision for the final recipe was actually made in the forest, during an afternoon walk with my mother. We chatted about the feature and within seconds the idea was set: the chops quickly seared and topped with a thin slice of orange then finished under the grill. The orange coated in a layer of chopped, fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme and sage) mixed with parmesan and olive oil. The ripe cheese creates a fine crust in the oven and adds its wonderful aroma to the composition.

I served the lamb with lemony Mediterranean mashed potatoes to keep it pure and simple, just olive oil, sea salt and a bit of lemon zest chopped with a knife into the roots. This is the right meal to get into the mood for spring and all its culinary fragrant pleasures!

Lamb Chops with Orange Herb Crust and Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes

 

Lamb Chops with Orange Herb Crust and Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes

Lamb Chops with Orange Herb Crust & Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes

For 2 people you need

For the lamb chops

lamb chops (1 1/2-2cm / 3/4″ thick) 6, about 450g / 16 ounces
organic orange, ends cut off, very thinly sliced, 1 (you’ll need 6 slices)
olive oil 3 tablespoons plus more for frying
mixed fresh herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme), finely chopped, 1 tablespoon
grated ripe parmesan 2 tablespoons
salt and pepper

Set the oven to grill, the oven has to be hot when you put the meat in.

Whisk the olive oil, herbs and parmesan and coat 6 slices of orange generously with the herb oil on both sides. Heat a splash of olive oil in a pan and sear the lamb chops over a high heat for 1 minute on each side. I like them rare, keep them in the pan for another 30 seconds if you prefer them medium. Take the pan off the heat and season with salt and pepper. Lay 1 slice of herb coated orange on each piece of meat and put the lamb chops under the hot grill for about 1 minute (just let cheese melt and the rind turn golden brown). Serve with the mashed potatoes.

 

For the mashed potatoes

potatoes, peeled and cooked in salted water, about 400g / 14 ounces
olive oil 50ml / 2 ounces
lemon zest 1 1/2 teaspoons
sea salt

Chop the warm potatoes with a knife until they have a lumpy texture adding the oil constantly. Stir in the zest and season with salt.

Lamb Chops with Orange Herb Crust and Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes

 

Lamb Chops with Orange Herb Crust and Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes

 

Lamb Chops with Orange Herb Crust and Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes

Lamb Chops with Rucola Pesto and Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes

Lamb Chops with Rucola Pesto

My young sister in law came to visit us and brought a big appetite with her! She loves food as much as I do but she enjoys eating more than cooking so whenever I’m cooking and pottering about in my kitchen she joins in with excitement. She gives me a helping hand or sits at the table patiently to see what’s in the pots and pans as soon as I lift their lids. When I visit her at her home in Malta, we always make lots of pesto together. We walk through the garden with the two beautiful orange and lemon trees packed with fruits and pick the herbs growing around them, plenty of basil, parsley, peppermint and rucola. When I touch the leaves and they spread their smell in the warm air I can already taste the pesto! Everything grows so fast and strong under the Mediterranean sun that I can’t stop myself from picking bowls full of fragrant leaves to fill big jars with my pesto which we still manage to empty within a couple days. We mix it with dried tomatoes, pine nuts, parmesan or pecorino, black or green olives and eat it with pasta, on bread or potatoes and in salads. Every pesto tastes different, it’s never the same, that’s what I love about it!

Since we have our own personal pesto tradition, I wanted to make some while Julia is here. I already made one with ramp (and she emptied the jar with her fingers) and now it’s rucola! I sprinkled the pesto on some juicy lamb chops, sautéed for a minute on each side and served them with mashed potatoes. For the mash, I just chopped the cooked potatoes with a knife until they had a lumpy texture and mixed olive oil and sea salt in, no butter or milk, I wanted to keep it light and Mediterranean!

The lamb was great together with the spicy rucola, the meat’s juices mixed in perfectly with the herb, but the secret star of this meal was the mashed potatoes together with the pesto which I hadn’t even planned to mix together. The big pot of mashed potatoes and the bowl of pesto were emptied within minutes!

Lamb Chops with Rucola Pesto

 Lamb Chops with Rucola Pesto and Mashed Potatoes with Olive Oil

For 4 people you need

lamb chops, 4-8 (depending on if you have a starter before), around 100g / 3.5 ounces per person
olive oil for frying
rosemary 1 sprig
garlic, cut in half, 1

For the mashed potatoes

medium sized potatoes, peeled and cooked in salted water, 12
olive oil 40ml
sea salt

For the pesto

rucola (rocket), just the leaves, 60g / 2 ounces
parmesan 20g / 3/4 ounce
pine nuts 20g / 3/4 ounce
olive oil 75 ml
a pinch of salt

Mix the ingredients for the pesto in a blender.

In a big pot, chop the warm potatoes with a knife until they have a lumpy texture adding the oil constantly, season with salt.

Warm a little olive oil in a pan over high temperature together with the rosemary and garlic. Lay the lamb chops in the pan, turn the temperature down to a medium heat and sauté the meat for 1 minute on each side until it colours. Don’t overcook them as the meat should remain juicy. Depending on the size of your pan you have to cook them in batches and keep them warm under a plate or wrapped in aluminum foil but keep in mind that they will continue cooking when they are covered.

Place the meat on warm plates sprinkled with the pesto and serve with the mashed potatoes.

Lamb Chops with Rucola Pesto

 

Lamb Chops with Rucola Pesto

 

Lamb Chops with Rucola Pesto