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Seared Lamb Shoulder Chops with Mustard-Dill Pan Sauce

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Serves four.

  • by Liz Pearson from Fine Cooking
    Issue 107

The sauce is the real star here, so feel free to substitute pork chops or chicken breasts if you don't have lamb; the sauce is equally delicious on both.

  • 4 bone-in lamb shoulder chops (2 to 2-1/2 lb. total)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup lower-salt chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs. cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh dill

Season the lamb chops all over with 1-1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Put 2 of the chops in the skillet and cook, flipping once, until deep golden-brown and medium rare (130°F), about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large plate, cover loosely with foil, and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining 2 chops.

Add the shallots to the skillet and cook, stirring, until softened, about 1 minute. Add the broth and wine and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until reduced by half, 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low, stir in the mustard and lemon juice, and cook for 1 minute more. Add the butter a piece or two at a time, swirling the skillet to melt it into the sauce. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the lamb with the sauce.

Serving Suggestions

The lamb and sauce pack a lot of flavor; keep the side simple with Basic Roasted Green Beans.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 330; Fat (g): 19; Fat Calories (kcal): 170; Saturated Fat (g): 7; Protein (g): 29; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8; Carbohydrates (g): 3; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 600; Cholesterol (mg): 105; Fiber (g): 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I made this sauce with the lamb shoulder chops as in the recipe. It was excellent! I can see that it would go well with the pork and chicken that others mentioned. I had with roasted asparagus and rice pilaf.

Easy and delicious! Can't wait to try this on chicken or pork.

Excellent recipe. The sauce makes it and is also a great solution for sometimes dry pork chops.

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