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Lamb Chops with Mashed Peas & Mint

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From EatingWell:  November/December 2012

Peas and lamb are a natural pairing. Here pan-roasted lamb chops are served with mashed peas seasoned with mint. Serve with bulgur tossed with chopped scallion greens, a drizzle of olive oil and a splash of lemon juice.

4 servings, 2 lamb chops & 1/3 cup peas each | Active Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and slightly softened, about 1 minute. Stir in peas, 3/4 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper on both sides of lamb chops. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large, ovenproof, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops and cook until browned on one side, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Turn them over and transfer the pan to the oven.
  4. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into a chop registers 135°F for medium-rare, 8 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness.
  5. Meanwhile, transfer the pea mixture to a blender or food processor. Add mint; pulse until coarsely pureed, adding additional water a tablespoon at a time for desired consistency and scraping down the sides as needed.
  6. Serve the lamb with the pea puree.

Nutrition

Per serving : 267 Calories; 12 g Fat; 3 g Sat; 7 g Mono; 68 mg Cholesterol; 13 g Carbohydrates; 26 g Protein; 4 g Fiber; 590 mg Sodium; 419 mg Potassium

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 fat