Megan also had the same idea and we both got the same inspiration from Food and Wine. I've never made Lamb chops but Dave has been raving about them since they were served at our wedding in 2008. Soo I was excited about how simple this recipe seemed! And it was! If you're looking for a quick impressive meal for your date, make this.
I served my chops with a curried sweet potato puree and added the tangerine chili sauce on top. I also served this with a Blood Orange, Sweet Potato, Avocado, Feta and Arugula Salad, inspiration from Epicurious...
I made the sweet potatoes by roasting the Sweet Potatoes on a baking sheet with evoo, salt and pepper at 400 for 20 minutes. Then cook the onion, garlic, cumin, and curry powder in a frying pan with some olive oil for about 5-7 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Then stir in the tomato paste and continue cooking for a couple minutes. Place the onion mixture in a food processor. Pulse mixture until the onions are finely ground. So that's the base of the lamb dish.
Rack of Lamb with Tangerine Chile Sauce
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
One 2 1/2 pound frenched rack of lamb
salt and pepper
1/2 cup fresh tangerine juice
1 teaspoon of tangerine zest
1 small red chile, thinly sliced
1/4 cup of chicken stock
2 tablespoons of butter
Preheat the oven to 400°. In a medium skillet, heat the vegetable oil until shimmering. Season the lamb with salt and pepper.
Add the lamb to the skillet, fat side down, and cook over moderately high heat until richly browned, about 3 minutes. Turn the lamb fat side up and cook for 2 minutes longer.
Transfer the skillet (I actually switched to a roasting pan) to the oven and roast the rack for about 20 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the meat registers 125° for medium-rare meat. Transfer the lamb to a carving board and let rest for 10 minutes.
Discard the fat in the skillet. Add the tangerine zest and juice and the chile to the skillet and boil over moderately high heat until the juice is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add the stock and boil until reduced by one-fourth, about 1 minute. Remove the skillet from the heat and swirl in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Carve the lamb into chops and arrange on warmed plates.
Spoon the sauce over the lamb and serve.
On Valentine's Day, I made Goat Cheese Filet Mignon with a Shitake Mushroom Sauce. The Filet with Goat Cheese was Bobby Flay idea and the mushroom sauce was from Food.com.
2 filet mignon steaks, each 1 1/2-inches thick
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
2 (3/4-inch thick) slices goat cheese
Chopped green onions, for garnish
Preheat the grill to high. Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before grilling. Meanwhile, combine the cumin, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Liberally season both sides of each filet with the spice mixture. Grill the filets for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium doneness. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Remove the steaks from the grill onto a baking sheet (or put grill pan in oven like I did), and top each with a slice of the cheese.
Mushroom Wine Sauce
3 ounces chopped shiitake mushroom caps
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup shallot (minced)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup red wine (I used Merlot, my favorite)
1 cup beef broth
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
Prepare Mushroom wine Sauce first and set aside: Combine Mushrooms and flour in a bowl and toss to coat and set aside. In a medium skillet, combine wine, shallots, and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened. Reduce heat. Add broth, Worcestershire, tomato paste, and stir to combine and cook 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook 3 minutes, until mushrooms are tender. Stir in mustard. Serve sauce over and under the Filet Mignon.
Nothing beats buying a wonderful cut of meat.... this filet from Whole Foods was perfect!
Liz's Butternut Squash Burgers and Bree's Spinach Feta Burgers. I still have my Black Bean Sliders on the menu for sometime this weekend.
Lolita in Boston so stay tuned for a full review of the extremely trendy tequilla bar. And I've had some pretty good runs- 2 sets of 6X400 on Tuesday and a run along the Charles on Thursday. I am planning to run long tomorrow and a 5K on Sunday.
Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful day : )
What is your favorite meal to make or eat for an important occasion?