Rosemary Lamb Chops with Asparagus
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 cup chicken stock or broth, divided
- 1/2 onion, chopped, plus 1/2 onion, sliced
- Kosher salt
- 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed (about 16 spears)
- 1 pound kale, cleaned and trimmed
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for sauteing
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Essence, recipe follows
- 8 loin lamb chops
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons butter
Combine water, white wine, 1/2 cup chicken stock, the 1/2 chopped onion, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer and add asparagus. Cook for 1 minute and then top with kale. Stir to combine and continue cooking until asparagus are tender. Remove from heat and keep warm.
In a dish large enough to hold the lamb chops in a single layer, combine 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and Essence. Add the lamb, turn to coat with the marinade and set aside for about 15 minutes at room temperature or up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chops with salt and pepper and saute for about 2 to 3 minutes on 1 side. Turn, season again, and add rosemary, garlic, and sliced onion. Continue cooking until just firm and an instant-read thermometer registers 130 to 135 degrees F, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove chops to a platter and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
Return the skillet to medium heat. Add the remaining 1/2 cup chicken stock and red wine. Scrape up the browned bits off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add lemon juice and simmer until the mixture is reduced to a glaze, about 4 minutes. Add butter and swirl to thicken. Add the asparagus and kale mixture and toss to heat through.
Serve 2 lamb chops per person. Drizzle with sauce and serve with the asparagus and kale on the side.Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup
Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William and Morrow, 1993.