So the NBA playoffs are here, and I ain't no basketball widow—I love my Golden State Warriors and Portland Trailblazers. For game one of the round-one series between the Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers, we hosted a pizza party with a close high-school friend of the BF, his lovely wife and twins (boy and girl), who are now finishing up their HS-freshman year. [Ed. note: Time flies! Is April really halfway done?]
We also for the first time met a previously social-media-only acquaintance, a young man who shares the BF's love of San Francisco bay area sports teams. Always better to meet in person! Together, we all enjoyed an emphatic game-one Warriors victory. [Ed. note: Since the Warriors somehow managed to blow a 31-point lead in game two, we now must have pizza parties for all future games. Hey I don't make the rules. :-\ ]
Note to self: make lamb shoulder chops more often. Inexpensive, take little-to-no time to cook (6-10 minutes!) and go with almost anything. Being that it is spring, lamb goes very well with mint, carrots, and potatoes, all of which are are in season.
This beautiful meal will grace our Passover table and will be served as Easter dinner to one client family as well.
PS: One year ago, the BF and I fought off a seriously pesky bug [Ed. note: NOT fun.] and I made white chocolate bark with strawberries and pistachios (www.moveablefeast.me/blog/white-chocolate-bark-with-strawberries-pistachios).
Adapted from: Jessica Seinfeld
Number of servings: 4
Home of the free, because of the brave.
Memorial Day = grilling season.
Not that you need an outdoor grill for this. In our house we make good use of a stovetop grill pan, and that works perfectly with these lamb chops.
The key to this dish is the super flavorful marinade, which will beautifully tenderize most meats. Little note, if you don't care for lamb, you can substitute chicken tenders (one time I made pita wraps with the marinated chicken instead of lamb and the BF went nuts). [Ed. note: She's not kidding.]
He knows Ina Garten is my spirit animal (love her!), so for a Hanukkah gift he gave me her cookbook Cooking for Jeffrey, and I've practically cooked through the entire tome. No changes were made to the chops or marinade recipes. Ina makes couscous with the lamb chops, but I switched that out for saffron rice (specifically Mahatma Saffron Yellow Rice was used, which is available at most local grocery stores, brand link is below), and added pomegranate seeds to the pine nuts and mint. The saffron rice really makes the lamb chops pop!
Thank you to all the veterans for your service, thank you Ina for all the inspiration, and I hope all of you enjoy a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with family and friends.
Adapted from: Ina Garten, Cooking for Jeffrey
Number of Servings: 6 (3 chops per person)
Saffron Rice with Pine Nuts, Mint and Pomegranate Seeds
I'm Jacquie, personal chef & recipe developer in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Lover of books, bourbon, chocolate and movies.