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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2012


Recipe Summary

30 mins


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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into a chop registers 135 degrees F for medium-rare, 8 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness.

  • 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.

  • Serve the lamb with the pea puree.

Nutrition Facts

252 calories; protein 24.1g 48% DV; carbohydrates 12.6g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 4g 16% DV; sugars 4.3g; fat 11.3g 17% DV; saturated fat 3g 15% DV; cholesterol 61.5mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 1809.8IU 36% DV; vitamin c 16.2mg 27% DV; folate 62.2mcg 16% DV; calcium 40.8mg 4% DV; iron 2.8mg 16% DV; magnesium 42.7mg 15% DV; potassium 393.6mg 11% DV; sodium 584.5mg 23% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 30% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
Best tasting peas!!! I followed the directions for the mint mashed peas and they were so delicious I couldn't believe how simple this was and my taste buds were delightfully surprised. I marinated the lamb with a mint sauce and a drop of rosemary essential oil. Then I sauteed it in evoo added some chopped multi-colored carrots (instead of the bulgar rice). Beautiful meal!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious meat dish! I followed this pretty much exactly even served with bulgar wheat and chives. Was delicious! I mashed the peas with a potato masher. Easy enough to do without having to wash the food processor! I also used dried mint as I couldn't find fresh. Worked great! Lamb in the oven after 8 minutes was perfection. Pros: Easy and healthy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty! Being Australian we eat lots of lamb! So alternative ways to cook chops (instead of the usual BBQ) is great. I used some Greek Lamb seasoning sprinkled on what we call 3/4 chops (trimmed of fat) and I didn't bother pan frying first they brown nicely enough in the oven. I also really dislike frozen peas and as fresh peas are in season now I used these instead it only takes a few minutes to pod them! My husband loves these 'Mushy Peas!'. Also if you do not have enough fresh peas try adding carrots or other vegetables. Makes a great veggie mash. Pros: Great way to cook lamb chops satisfying taste Cons: frozen peas. bleech. Read More