Brighten Up the Easter Holiday with These Zesty Lamb Chops

by in Recipes, Shows, April 16th, 2014

Key Lime Lamb ChopsFor this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient Key lime juice. The goal of this challenge was to prove that the citrus juice could be used for more than just the famous Key lime pie. This recipe for Key Lime Lamb Chops with Glazed Carrots turns the juice into a sweet-tart sauce called a gastrique, which glazes the carrots and gets used as the serving sauce for the roasted lamb racks. With its combination of flavors, this dish is the perfect spring awakening for the palate. Plus, it makes a nice addition to the Easter holiday table.

Start by making the gastrique: Melt the sugar with 1 tablespoon water in a saucepan and cook until it turns into a caramel. Then add the lime juice, bring to a boil and let reduce by half. Add the chicken broth and continue to reduce the mixture until you’re left with 2/3 cup. Season with salt.

Next, it’s onto the carrots: Steam them until tender. Toss them with 3 tablespoons of the gastrique, the chopped parsley and 1 tablespoon butter.

And finally, the lamb: Combine the ground coriander with salt and pepper, and rub the spice mixture onto the lamb racks. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large ovenproof skillet and sear the racks until browned on both sides. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the lamb for about 20 to 25 minutes to achieve medium doneness. Let the lamb rest before serving with the glazed carrots and the remaining gastrique.

Get the Recipe: Key Lime Lamb Chops with Glazed Carrots

Chopped Dinner ChallengeThe Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchen that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients from an episode, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

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Comments (2)

  1. Cindy Prior says:

    I watch Chopped daily on FN. I am from Minnesota and would love to see a basket with SPAM by Hormel as one of the ingredients in the baskets. I love seeing all the combinations that are made and try at home to do this. My son Joe will bring home 4 random ingredients and then gives me 25-30 minutes to fixthem just like you do. I have to say it is not easy and your chefs make it look easier than it is.

  2. Mary W. Hendricks says:

    I love watching Chopped. However, the music (?) is frequently so loud it drowns out the judges' comments and the discussion among the contestants while they're waiting on the judging. Tone it down and get rid of that manic drummer! It's really annoying. Why do you have to have those sound effects?

    I think Scott Conant is the sexiest man on TV. He can stir my grits anytime!

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