Lamb Chops with Anise

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
2 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 6 rib lamb chops, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or garlic puree
  • 1 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Season both sides of lamb chops with salt and pepper. Press thyme into chops. Heat olive oil and butter in a 12-inch skillet. Sear chops for a minute on each side.

Lower the heat and cook, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes depending on how well you like your chops done. Turn the chops occasionally while they cook. Remove them to a plate and set aside; discard almost all of the fat. Add garlic, anise seeds, balsamic vinegar, sugar and 2 tablespoons water. Scrape up juices and reduce until syrupy. Off heat, stir in 2 tablespoons butter and season to taste with salt and pepper; spoon over chops.


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