Homemade Restaurant Lamb Chop

I had lamb chop dish for dinner, but didn’t want to make the same boring way of making lamb chop. So, I looked for a recipe online.. and found this!! The lamb chop was awesome! I was super surprised, and I surprised hubby with the taste. He said that it is up to par with those found in restaurants. LOL.

But, seriously.. it is that good!! It kind of intimidated me when I saw the recipe title.. which has the words.. “balsamic reduction” on it. What the heck is that? That sounded difficult to me, and I almost discarded the recipe after reading just the title. It turned out to be very simple method of cooking, and you can almost call yourself a “chef” after making such dish. It is awesome!

3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
4 lamb chops (3/4 inch thick)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/3 cup aged balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tbp butter

In a small bowl or cup, mix together the rosemary, basil, thyme, garlic salt and pepper. Rub this mixture onto the lamb chops on both sides. Place them on a plate, cover and set aside for 15 minutes to absorb the flavors.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place lamb chops in the skillet, and cook for about 3 1/2 minutes per side for medium rare, or continue to cook to your desired doneness. Remove from the skillet, and keep warm on a serving platter.

Add shallots to the skillet, and cook for a few minutes, just until browned. Stir in vinegar, scraping any bits of lamb from the bottom of the skillet, then stir in the chicken broth. Continue to cook and stir over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until the sauce has reduced by half. If you don’t, the sauce will be runny and not good. Remove from heat, stir in butter. Pour over the lamb chops, and serve.


Published in: on February 18, 2011 at 6:45 PM  Comments (1)  
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Swedish Meatballs, IKEA style

Who has never tried the Swedish meatball at IKEA? I don’t think anyone I know ever ignored the offer on Tuesdays for cheap meal of meatballs! They are very yummy. Especially after you go around looking for furniture and are irritated because they are so many options, and hungry.

Well,  I was craving for IKEA Swedish meatballs, and was very lazy to drive to IKEA or even cook a meal for dinner. So, I decided to make Swedish meatball dish, the IKEA style of course! Honestly, I did a semi homemade my own Swedish meatball. I had store bought, already made meatball in frozen section of a grocery store, and made the gravy from scratch. Viola!! Easy and delicious meal in a jiffy!! Everyone loved them!!

But, if you feel adventurous and want to make your own meatballs from scratch, go ahead. Here are the recipes for the meatball and cream sauce. Enjoy!

1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1 eggs
1/2 cup cream (half and half) or 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 small onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 small cold boiled potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
1 dash allspice (optional)
oil for frying

Cream Sauce
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 cup low sodium beef broth
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper to taste

For Meatballs:.
Melt butter in a hot pan. Put in and fry the onion until translucent. Set aside. Mash the potatoes. Mix all the ingredients and the fried onion until they reach meatball consistency. Season with salt, pepper and  ground allspice (optional). Shape the mixture into a golf ball size or smaller. Set aside. Fry the meatballs slowly in oil.

Cream Sauce:
Melt butter in pan and add flour, whisk till golden brown. Add beef broth, soy sauce, half anf half, and cream together with the flour until desired thickness. Season well with salt and pepper.

Serve the meatballs with the sauce, boiled or masked potatoes, and lingonberry jam. They also taste good with cranberry sauce left over from Thanksgiving dinner!

If you do the short cut like I did.. put in the meatball in the sauce and simmer for 15-20 minutes before serving. Yummm!!

Published in: on February 4, 2011 at 2:35 PM  Comments (2)  
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