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Friday, July 4/03 My partner, Smiley, came home from work today, opened the door and said "This recipe contest of your's makes our court yard smell like a European bistro". The aroma of Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops simmering in juices flavoured with the recipe's prescribed herbs and seasonings adds to the anticipated enjoyment of dinner. We love a lemon addition to our food, use it frequently, so this recipe immediately appeals to our taste preference. The intelligent combination of the seasonings creates a subtility, yet enhances the sweetness of carrot, and onion, while toning down the acidity of tomato and contributes to the ultimate tenderness of Shoulder Chops. (I also added one very large thinly sliced white, mushroom for no good reason other than I could not help myself - I am a mushroom junkie...) To complement our dinner, I baked two potatoes, cut them in half, but not right through. (I wanted to be able to fold the jackets back over the flesh) I scooped out the flesh while still hot - (that took some doing) - mixed it with a fork until the lumps were smoothed away then added enough canola/soya margarine to bind the flesh, returned the potato to their jackets, folded the skins back over the potato only enough to have plenty of potato protruding through the opening. Then, scooped sauce and veggies over the potatoes and chops. AMBROSIA, PURE AMBROSIA! I did find, however, that one hour simmering time was not quite long enough to tenderize the celery; but I am a compulsive taster, so I allowed it to continue simmering while I continued tasting, until the vegetables were al dente. Total simmer and taste time about 1.5 hours. The sauce and vegetables are so tasty I could easily eat it on its own, like soup. Served with a bottle of chilled Terre del Sole, Pinot Grigio, from the 2001 Pasqua collection, made Smiley forget all about the airport woes. When I asked for an objective opinion of the recipe, the answer was an intelligent "Yum-Yum, Goot-Shtofe". I guess that brilliant critique means this recipe is a definite keeper, and I thank you for your contribution to the "Ready Set Cook Spring 2003 contest.

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TOOLBELT DIVA July 05, 2003

This is a very good recipe for people who are not used to the strong taste of lamb. The spicy tomato sauce with veggies & lemon tanginess, made this dish simply delicious. Yes, the lamb and veggies were a perfect match to instant Idaho mashed potatoes! Further, I cut the recipe in half and used some fresh tomatoes, tomato paste from a tube, less cooking times... with perfect results.

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Skipper/Sy June 25, 2003

Yum! I followed the recipe as is, except I added fresh sliced mushrooms. Very easy -- VERY delicious. Don't skip the fresh mint! And, don't count on leftovers.

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JuliaChild...NOT May 31, 2010

Served over noodles. Used Sherry. Also, canned Rotele tomatoes.

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Clifford Boren October 03, 2009

Yum, and double yum! I served this to my parents who are really not lamb lovers, and they really enjoyed it, as did I. I didn't add any cornstarch, I just pulled the meat when it was tender and jacked up the heat to reduce the liquid. I used sherry instead of red wine, and I added mushrooms (in the last 20 minutes of cooking), because I had some that needed to be used. I also needed to make this as a make ahead, so I cooked through step 6 on day one, then packed the meat, cooked vegetables, and tomatoes and spices in a zip top bag and refrigerated overnight. Then on day 2, I dumped the entire mixture into a pan and brought it up to a simmer until it was tender. I served over noodles, but rice would have worked equally well. Thanks so much for a wonderful recipe that I will definitely make again!

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IngridH September 24, 2009

My family and guests adored this! I made it almost completely according to the recipe. I did not add the cornstarch, as the sauce was plenty thick enough for me, and I didn't add the mint because I didn't have any. Needless to say, I way will make this again and again.

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neona503 November 25, 2008

I thought this was super delicious! I really like the flavor the lemon brought to this dish. The sauce is really yummy & the lamb very tender.

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charolette33 November 28, 2007

Really great recipe! I had to tweak it a bit as I bought lamb shanks instead of shoulder chops...but delicious nontheless.The flavor was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

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RehReh October 29, 2007

I used leftover Easter lamb roast for this and my husband declared it better than the roast which he made! Even the kids liked it. I only simmered it for about 1/2 hour and it was very easy. Because of the quick cooking I thought my flavors were a little sharp so I added about one tablespoon of brown sugar which worked perfectly. The flavor combination, even with the seasoning from the roast, worked perfectly: complex but not spicy. I'll try this with the shoulder chops and save this for the next lamb leg leftover meal. Thanks

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smellicious April 11, 2007

very good recipe, I also added zuchini and mushrooms and used chopped fresh tomatoes. Thanks!!

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Roseyone March 03, 2007
Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops