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Crispy Lamb Chops and Fresh Mint Jelly

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 45 min (includes marinating and setting time)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

4 cloves garlic, smashed and roughly chopped 

Kosher salt and black pepper 

Four 2- to 3-ounce lamb chops 

1/2 cup all-purpose flour 

1 cup panko breadcrumbs 

1 tablespoon granulated garlic 

2 large eggs 

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 

1/2 cup olive oil, optional

Fresh Mint Jelly, for serving, recipe follows

Fresh Mint Jelly:

2 cups packed fresh mint leaves

1 small lemon, zested and juiced (about 2 tablespoons)

1 small lemon, zested and juiced (about 2 tablespoons) 

2 cups sugar 

3 ounces liquid pectin 

1 to 2 drops green food coloring, optional

Directions

  1. In a shallow dish, add the olive oil, rosemary, garlic and some salt and pepper; stir to combine. Add the lamb chops and toss to coat thoroughly. Marinate, covered, in fridge for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  2. Place the flour in a shallow dish. In a second shallow dish, mix the breadcrumbs and granulated garlic until well incorporated. In a third shallow dish, add the eggs and mustard, and whisk together.
  3. Set a large skillet over medium heat. Pour in the olive oil from the marinade (or use a fresh 1/2 cup oil) and heat until shimmering.
  4. Dredge the lamb in the flour to coat, then in the egg mixture and, lastly, in the breadcrumbs.
  5. Fry the breaded chops until golden, crisp and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.
  6. Serve with the fresh mint jelly.

Fresh Mint Jelly:

  1. Place the mint and 2 cups water in a blender, and puree until smooth; transfer to a small saucepan Stir in the lemon zest and juice and the sugar, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute. Stir in the sugar, bring back to a boil and then add the liquid pectin. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring if using. Let cool, then cover and refrigerate until set, 4 hours.
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