Lamb Chops with Fennel and Tomatoes
- 1 medium bulb fennel, trimmed and cut into 8 wedges
- 4 plum tomatoes, cored and halved lengthwise
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- 2 15 -ounce cans cannellini or butter beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or parsley
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- 4 5 -ounce lamb chops, fat trimmed and bones frenched (ask your butcher to do this)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Toss the fennel and tomatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread the vegetables on the baking sheet, with the tomatoes cut-side up. Roast until the tomatoes are soft and the fennel is golden, about 30 minutes, turning halfway through.
Meanwhile, cook the garlic in the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the beans and 2 1/2 cups water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir in the oregano and parmesan, if desired.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Season the lamb with salt and pepper and grill until marked on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until just firm to the touch, 4 to 5 more minutes for medium-rare. Divide the beans among plates and top with the lamb and roasted vegetables.
Per serving: Calories 416; Fat 17 g (Saturated 4 g); Cholesterol 62 mg; Sodium 442 mg; Carbohydrate 35 g; Fiber 11 g; Protein 30 g
Photograph by Antonis Achilleos
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