Lamb Chops With Rosemary And Lime

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Lamb chops with rosemary and lime

These elegant chops are simple to make, can be prepared in advance, and are a hit with my friends! The flavors make a delicious and fragrant sauce. I usually serve these chops with a side of Mango and Roasted Red Pepper Chutney (page 23), and some stir-fried seasonal vegetables.

Ingredients

        1 tablespoon black peppercorns, 1 teaspoon whole cloves.

        7 cardamom pods, 1 tablespoon ground coriander.

        1 teaspoon ground cumin, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon.

        ¼ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg, 1 cup (230 g) sour cream.

        1 tablespoon minced ginger, 1 tablespoon minced garlic.

        Salt, to taste; ¼ cup (10 g) nely-chopped fresh rosemary.

        2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons oil.

        2 lbs (1 kg) bone-in lamb chops, trimmed of excess fat; 1 cup (250 ml) water.

        2 sprigs fresh rosemary, for garnish, lime wedges, for garnish.

Instructions

Step 1:

Grind together the peppercorns, cloves and cardamom in a spice or co­ee grinder.

Step 2:

Toast the ground spices, coriander, cumin, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small non-stick skillet over medium heat, constantly stirring until the spices are fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Step 3:

Mix together the toasted spices, sour cream, ginger, garlic, salt, rosemary, lime juice and one tablespoon of the oil in a large bowl. Add the lamb chops to the mixture and mix well, making sure all the pieces are well coated with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 to 6 hours.

Step 4:

Remove the lamb chops and reserve the marinade. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the lamb chops turning once until golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side.

Step 5:

Mix the water and reserved marinade together and add it to the skillet. Cover and cook over medium heat until the chops are tender and the sauce is thick, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 6:

Serve hot, garnished with the rosemary sprigs and lime wedges.

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