Thursday, March 26, 2009

Its lamb chops play along!

Tonight I cooked lamb chops for the first time ( yes Fairb is out of town, he would NEVER eat lamb, but don't tell my children that, the first thing they asked when I placed the lamb chop before them, "does dad eat lamb?"  "He LOVES lamb, of course!"). Lamb tastes quite good in fact but I have always been a little apprehensive about lamb. Why?  We all remember "Lamb Chops Play Along" on PBS and the freaky lady with her hand up Lamb Chop's bum. When I hear lamb chop, I think of Lamp Chop, I think of the song that never ends, it goes on and on my friend  . . .  some people started singing it not knowing what it was, and they will keep on singing it forever just because, it is the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend . . . .
And its not just Lamb Chop, but the thought of a cute fluffy lamb out in a green pasture surrounded by a white picked fence. Or its the one you see Jesus holding in the one painting you see in Deseret Book.
Since Fairb was out of town, I decided to erase all cute lamby images and try lamb for goodness sake. I have to say my friends, it was really good. Screw Lamb Chop, he was annoying anyway.
So I pan seared some lamb chops and served it with couscous. 
I bought the lamb chops from Costco and they were surprisingly inexpensive. I cooked it exactly like I would a steak. I let the lamb chops get room temperature. I got the skillet hot (I use my cast iron skillet) gave it a swirl of olive oil.  I liberally seasoned both sides of the chops with salt and pepper and placed them in the hot skillet. Now I can't tell you time because I cook by temperature.  Lamb, like steak should be medium rare. So using my digital instant read thermometer I cooked them till they read 125 degrees. I of course flipped them half way through.
To accompany the lamb, I cooked the couscous according to the instructions in one pan. Meanwhile, I gave a skillet a couple swirls of olive oil and I sauteed. . .
 half an fine diced onion
half a fine diced red pepper
2 garlic cloves minced
lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.
Then I added the couscous to the skillet and combined them. It was a perfect side dish to the lamb.
Try some lamb today!

1 comment:

Patti said...

I grew up in New England . . . lamb is a staple. When I moved west (Las Vegas) I noticed people were a little reserved about serving lamb.

Good, huh?

Your blog is fun.