Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins
Simple but classy. Lamb draws in flavors from marinades very quickly, so this dish has a fairly quick prep time. Lamb is often paired with mashed or baked potatoes, and those will go well with this dish, but I often serve it with egg pasta (homemade tagliatoni when I'm going all out). A vinegarette-dressed salad is a good match as a vegetable course.
- 4 lamb chops (or 8 small chops)
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1⁄2 cup cranberry sauce
- salt and pepper
- If the chops are particularly thick, place each one between two layers of plastic wrap and gently flatten them using the heel of your hand or a wooden mallet until they are about 1/2 inch thick.
- Combine the cranberry relish, rosemary and vinegar (it sometimes helps to warm the cranberry relish a bit in the microwave or a small saucepan). Put half of the cranberry mixture in a container large enough to hold all the chops - this is the marinade. Set aside the second half of the mixture to use later as the glaze.
- Toss the chops with the cranberry marinade, cover, and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
- Preheat oven broiler.
- When the broiler is ready, take the chops out of the fridge. Wipe off the marinade, sprinkle the chops with salt and pepper, and place them on a rack and broiling pan.
- Position the pan close to the source of heat and broil chops 4 minutes. Brush chops with half of the glaze, broil for another minute. Turn the chops over and broil 2-3 minutes longer. Brush on remaining glaze and broil about a minute longer or until chops are medium-rare or of desired doneness.