Lamb Chops in Creamy Mint Sauce

Lamb ChopsI’ve been told that I’m obsessed with lamb, which is not quite the case although I do love the taste and versatility of how it can be prepared. When you have a lot of this type of meat on hand- as we do now- you have to come up with clever and interesting ways to cook it to make it seem as though you’re not always eating the same thing.

I haven’t always been fond of making lamb chops, though. I avoided cooking it for years because of a guilty association I had with it since childhood, coming from an occasion I vividly recall:

My father used to take me to many fine restaurants as a child, so I grew up with a willingness and interest in trying a plethora of unique cuisines. One time while vacationing in Florida we visited a Greek restaurant. As a pre-teen, I found myself old enough to make my own decision from the menu and confidently told the waiter I would be ordering the lamb chops. They were delicious.  

They were also very expensive- $17.95 for just a couple of chops!  That’s pricey nowadays. Imagine back then…

I didn’t know what “market price” meant at the time and didn’t bother to ask. No one questioned me, either. License to eat? I thought so…

Hopefully I’m forgiven for it. Dad, I’m sure I owe you more than just a lamb chop dinner.

At least I can make my own now…

Lamb Chops in Creamy Mint Sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

4-5 medium-size lamb chops

sea salt, to taste

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoon whole milk

one handful of freshly cut mint

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large oven-proof sauté pan, heat olive oil.
  3. Salt and pepper both side of the chops.
  4. Add lamb to sauté pan and cook on one side until the meat easily turns over without any pulling or tearing, approximately 3-4 minutes. Do the same to the other side.
  5. Put entire pan into the middle rack of the oven (be sure there are no handles on your pan that will melt in the oven).
  6. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from oven (make sure to use thick potholders or oven gloves because the metal handle will be extremely hot).
  8. Add whipping cream, milk and mint to pan by simply pouring into the bottom of the pan, not on top of the meat.
  9. Return pan to oven and continue to roast for an additional five minutes, or until meat is thoroughly cooked on the inside. Be sure to keep an eye on the sauce if you decide to cook for longer than five minutes. It will begin to curdle and burn if kept too long in the oven.

Bismillah and Bon Appetit!

18 comments

  1. This is how my mom makes lamb chops! :-D We don’t have them often, but she’s tried a variation of this recipe.

    Great. Now I want lamb chops.

  2. this looks delicious! I only really get to eat deliciously prepared lamb when I go back to visit my family in Saudi Arabia =(

  3. This looks so yummy! I might try this mint sauce with drumsticks as well! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love the picture in the post. Did you take it yourself? Beautiful!

    I like the simplicity of the recipe – a few ingredients. I actually am encouraged to make this!

  5. I’ve actually never made lamb chops but this recipe looks really easy I might have to try it!

  6. i will definitely have to try the mint sauce after my exams.

  7. Maybe I’ll make this tonight. I made some lentil soup last night and think this would be a main course with that. Not sure thought about the mint sauce, do you have any other suggestions for a sauce, i only like mint in my chocochip icecream or my peppermint mocha! ;)

    • @Meghan: try a yogurt sauce instead (uncooked) with just cumin and salt. that usually goes quite well with lamb— but, you don’t know what you’re missing here!

  8. Could you do this with chicken too? I never have used lamb before so the recipe seems a bit intimidating.

    • @D.S. I think many people are scared to work with lamb chops because of the bone and the little amount of meat that’s actually served up, but I promise you this recipe is not intimidating. Just give it a try once and you’ll see you can do it very well, insha’allah. I’m sure you could make this sauce with any meat you like.

  9. Asalamualaikum
    that is realy very delisious
    Can you please post more recipes of soup and different kind of merinates
    shamim

  10. I love lamb & this looks like a delicious recipe. Can’t wait to try it.
    Thanks for all the interesting bits of information you put up on Facebook. I look forward to them every day.

  11. my husband is english and grew up eating lamb – we can not understand why it’s now not widely available here in the states anymore? it’s so weird. i love lamb so much and i think our country needs to raise more here so we can eat it more cheaply! i actually love the shoulder/blade bone cut – it still is quite affordable.

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