Lamb Chops, Calabrese, With Tomatoes, Peppers and Olives
photo by Dr. Jenny
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- 1 large red bell peppers or 2 small red bell peppers
- 8 lamb rib chops, about 1 inch thick
- fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
- 2 cups peeled ripe fresh plum tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
- 1⁄4 cup pitted green olives in brine
- black pepper, ground fresh from the mill
- Cut each pepper lengthwise along the creases, remove the stem, seeds, and pithy core, and skin with a swivel-blade vegetable peeler. Cut into approximately 1-1/2" squares.
- Sprinkle the chops on both sides with a little salt.
- Put the olive oil into a 12" skillet and turn on the heat to high. When oil is hot, slide in the lamb chops. Brown them throughly on one side, turn over, and brown thoroughly on the other side. Remove from the pan to a plate and set aside.
- Put the chopped onion into the pan and cook it over lively heat, stirring frequently, until it becomes a rich gold colour. Add tomatoes with their juice, turning them over in the pan once or twice, and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the cut up peppers, parsley, olives, salt and generous grindings of black pepper. Turn heat down to medium; cook, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes, until the peppers are tender but firm.
- Sprinkle the chops with pepper and return them to the pan with the sauce. Turn the chops over several times to coat well and after about a minute or so, empty the full contents of the skillet onto a warm serving platter and promptly serve to hungry diners.
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DH and I served this for dinner a few night ago. It was a delicious and different way to prepare lamb chops. We enjoyed it very much. I didn't have a red pepper on hand, so I used a combination of yellow and orange bell peppers. I think it enhanced the presentation of the dish and made it more colorful. DH suggested that next time, he would chop the green olives to better distribute the olives. Thanks for posting this lovely dish. Served Recipe #62136 as a side dish.
Toolie, the picture looks different to your recipe because I only had shoulder chops IN ONE PIECE! I meant it for a roast, but made your recipe instead. I used my large pan, slow-braised the shoulder piece, and followed your recipe exactly. It is delicious, and became even better because it had to wait in a warming oven for a while -- the flavours were sooo Italian! Great. I will try this with other meats, too. This is the kind of preferred food now, which the TV chefs call "clear" flavours, or "honest" food. All the flavours shine through.
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