Costco has wonderful lamb rib chops – and they are so easy to cook. I buy them and freeze them for special occasions. It was my husband’s birthday so I decided we deserved a special dinner! And since I was with the little ones all day – I didn’t have a lot of time – you will LOVE how fast this comes together. And you should grow your own rosemary – if you have the smallest garden the rosemary plant will bloom – or you could grow it indoors in a pot. It flowers, and smells divine when crushed. And adds to any lamb dish. Also grow your own mint – it grows like a weed and also can be grown in a pot indoors.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes per lb
1 rack of lamb rib chops
Fresh Rosemary 1 large sprig
Garlic chopped ( fresh or bottled)
Salt and Pepper to taste ( I used a combination Lemon Pepper with salt – NO MSG of course)
Olive oil spray or 2 Tbsp
Basmati Rice I cup per 2 people
Three large fresh tomatoes
Salt and Pepper to taste
Vinegar (about 1/2 Cup- I use Rice Vinegar)
Sugar or Sugar Substitute
Fresh Mint I large sprig
- Heat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Poke small holes into the lamb and squeeze chopped garlic and rosemary leaves ( green part only ) into the holes.
- Salt and pepper all over generously
- Add the Olive oil spray (or one Tbsp of oil)to a flat pan with sides that come up ( ie dont use a baking pan that is flat as the drippings will leak onto the oven base.
- Place the lamb onto the pan and cook for 20 minutes a lb
- In the meantime fry some basmati raw rice in a Tbsp of olive oil for a minute or two, add three chopped tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste
- Add the amount of water appropriate (check rice box instructions) for the amount of rice ( or you could add chicken stock for an even richer taste – your choice) and allow to come to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until liquid has disappeared.
- While both are cooking, chop the mint, add enough vinegar so that the mint is floating, add sugar to taste ( or substitute) and serve the mint sauce with the lamb as a side offering.
- When the meat juices run clear when poked with a fork, your lamb is ready! Serve with the rice and a great green salad.