For dinner in a flash that involves next to no effort, lamb chops are always a good idea. A dusting of Cape Herb & Spice’s Steak & Chops Shaker Seasoning and a hot pan or coals is all that’s really needed for a lick-your-fingers family feast. An extra five minutes’ worth of attention though, and you can easily elevate lamb chops to fancy dinner party fare. How? With a fabulous dried fruit, nut and feta stuffing and home-made mint sauce of course!
The secret to successfully stuffing a lamb chop is ensuring that you’re working with something plump. Ask your butcher to cut a French-trimmed rack of lamb into double chops and remove one of the bones from each double chop. That way you end up with beautifully thick 4-5cm chops that are not only a perfect portion size for hungry adults, but have plenty of meaty bulk for all that delicious stuffing. Start the cooking process by caramelizing them in a pan, then into the oven they go to roast to perfection.
-YOU WILL NEED-
4 double-cut lamb chops
5 soft dried apricots, finely chopped (if they are very dry as opposed so soft, simply soak them in warm water for ten minutes then drain)
5 dried dates, finely chopped (again, if you’re working with very dry dates, soak them)
5 tbs unsalted almonds, chopped
small block of feta (about 50g), roughly crumbled
Cape Herb & Spice Steak & Chops Shaker Seasoning
Toothpicks, soaked in water for 10 minutes
1 cup of chopped mint
4 tspn castor sugar
8 tbsn hot water
2 tbsn white wine vinegar
-HOW IT'S DONE-
Preheat your oven to 180 ºC. Use a fork to lightly mix together the dried fruit, nuts and feta. Use a sharp boning knife to stab a slit in the bottom of each double chop. Push in your index finger to open it up a bit. Use a teaspoon to scoop the stuffing into the slit, then close and secure with a toothpick or two. Drizzle the chops lightly with olive oil and dust liberally with Cape Herb & Spice Steak & Chops Shaker Seasoning. Heat a thick-based frying pan, add a drizzle of oil and fry over high heat on both sides for a minute or two just to seal and start browning the chops. Place them in a roasting tray and roast in the oven until done to your liking – 5cm thick double chops should take about 30 minutes to be done medium.
Whip up a quick and easy mint sauce while the chops are roasting by combining the mint, sugar and boiling water - stir to dissolve. Then stir in the vinegar. Taste and adjust sugar and vinegar levels to your liking if needs be. Place in the fridge to cool until you use it.
Instead of hot water, you can soak the dried fruit in rooibos tea, fruit juice or even warmed brandy.
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