Juicy Lamb Chops With Mint Pesto

Author: kel15  //  Category: Dinner, Everyday Italian Recipes, Italian Food Online, Lamb, Lunch

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Lamb chops are essentially delicious when cooked correctly, and make a great exceptional dish for entertaining or for a fantastic Sunday dinner with family. The inclusion of the mint pesto creates just a little variation on the usual mint gravy or jelly. We are lucky enough to have lamb chops available to us to purchase which are already boned, but bone in lamb chops are surely just as tasty.

Ingredients:

4 Meaty Lamb Chops (About 2 Inches Thick)

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Mint Pesto:

1/4 Cup Whole Blanched Almonds, Lightly Toasted

1/3 – 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3/4 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves, Washed And Patted Dry

1 1/4 Cups Fresh Mint Leaves

3 Medium Cloves Garlic

Salt And Pepper

1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese (Optional)

To Make The Pesto: Put the almonds, cheese (if using), and the olive oil in a food processor and pulse until pureed. Add the basil, mint, and garlic and process to a smooth texture, adding additional olive oil until the mixture is the consistancy of a thick sauce. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour for the flavors to meld. Taste for salt and pepper and add if needed. Serve the pesto or refrigerate up to 24 hours, bringing it back to room temperature before serving.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Remove lamb from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature. Rub with olive oil, and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Place the lamb in an oven proof heavy frying pan and sear on one side until golden brown. Turn the chops and place in the preheated oven. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until medium rare (125 degrees internal temperature tested with a meat thermometer). To serve, drizzle each chop with a good helping of the mint pesto over each.

Quick Recipe: Italian Meatloaf

Author: carla_guillermo  //  Category: Beef, Italian Meat Recipes, Lamb, Pork, Quick & Easy, Sausages

If you are more inclined to use the oven than the stove or just beginning to learn how to use one, this recipe is just for you.

meatloaf

What you will need:
• 1 large egg
• 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
• 1/2 tsp. dry oregano
• salt
• black pepper
• 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce
• 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
• 1 1/2 lb ground beef or meatloaf mix

meatloaf

Directions:
Prepare the oven by heating it up to 350 degrees. On a bowl, beat the egg and mix thoroughly with the other ingredients except ¼ cup spaghetti sauce. In a 9×5″ loaf pan, place the mix and place the spaghetti sauce on top. Bake for about an hour or until browned. Let it stand for about 10 minutes before serving the slices.