Spring is almost in full bloom, and thus my dinner plates are depicting a seasonal shift! Brighter colors abound from salad to entrée to dessert, and especially in my addictive chimichurri sauce. During my weekly run through Whole Foods Germantown, I've discovered a New Zealand grass-fed lamb loin. It's beautifully marbled, mild flavored, completely natural (no growth hormones or antibiotics--ever), and pairs well with bright colors, too. Whether for Sunday supper on the patio or an Easter gathering, I highly recommend this dish as the spotlight of your springtime introduction! And if you're in Memphis or Germantown, tell them that Caramelized sent you.
Makes 4 servings
2 pounds New Zealand lamb loin chops 2 tablespoons canola oil Salt and pepper 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves 1 cup Italian parsley leaves 6 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds 1/8 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove lamb from refrigerator and allow to reach room temperature, about 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, pulse rosemary, mint, parsley, and garlic in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Place in a small bowl and whisk in in red pepper flakes, vinegar, and olive oil. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for at least one hour before serving.
3. Heat canola oil a large, oven-safe skillet over medium high heat. Season lamb loins with salt and pepper, and add to skillet face-down. Sear on each side for 2-3 minutes, ensuring a grilled exterior on each side.
4. Place skillet directly in preheated oven and continue to cook for approximately 8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow juices to settle, approximately 5-10 minutes.
5. Add pomegranate seeds to chimichurri, stirring well. Plate lamb with a spoonful of chimichurri, grilled bread and vegetables.
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