Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops

Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops

Lamb Shoulder Chops braised in a hearty rich wine sauce.  It is sure to fill the belly and make content the heart.

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“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.” ~ Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat Contentment is one of the rarest possessions in our modern era.  To be satisfied, to have enough is hardly ever heard of.  Maybe it is because television and the internet bring into our lives the lives of the wealthiest people.  “Comparison is the thief of joy,” said Teddy Roosevelt.  I couldn’t agree more.  Once you put off looking at other people’s lives and concentrate on enjoying your own life, everything becomes simpler and more satisfying.  Once you realize that happiness is generated from within, the eye focuses less on possessions to be had than on days to be lived.  Few things are necessary for happiness. Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops is a recipe from the Joy of Cooking cookbook.  It’s a hearty dish that goes well with mash potatoes or white rice.  Have some good crusty bread on hand to soak up the rich flavorful sauce.

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Ingredients

4 lamb shoulder chops

1 tsp salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tsp dried herbs de Provence

1 cup dry white wine

½ cup chicken stock (I used a bouillon cube dissolved in boiling water.)

1 cup tomato puree

Instructions

Pat dry lamb chops and season with salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil and butter in a pan on high heat and add chops when hot.

Cook chops until browned and then remove to a plate.

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Turn the heat to medium and add garlic and herbs.

Cook stirring until garlic is soft but not brown.

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Add the wine scraping up the brown bits and reduce to about half. Add the chicken stock and tomato puree and reduce by half.

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Add the lamb back to the pot, reduce heat to low and cover and simmer until chops are tender about 45 minutes.

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¡Que aproveche!

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Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops

Serves:  4          Prep Time:  30 minutes        Cook Time:  45 minutes

 

Ingredients

4 lamb shoulder chops 1 tsp salt ½ tsp ground black pepper 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp olive oil 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tsp dried herbs de Provence 1 cup dry white wine ½ cup chicken stock (I used a bouillon cube dissolved in boiling water.) 1 cup tomato puree Chopped Parsley for garnishing

Instructions

Pat dry lamb chops and season with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil and butter in a pan on high heat and add the chops when hot. Cook chops until browned and then remove to a plate. Turn the heat to medium and add garlic and herbs. Cook stirring until garlic is soft but not brown. Add the wine scraping up the brown bits and reduce to about half. Add the chicken stock and tomato puree and reduce by half. Add the lamb back to the pot, reduce heat to low and cover and simmer until chops are tender about 45 minutes.  

Enjoy!

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