Lamb Chops with Mashed Peas & Mint

Lamb Chops with Mashed Peas & Mint

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, 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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen peas (12 ounces), thawed
  • ¾ cup water, plus more as needed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 lamb loin chops (1½-2 pounds total), trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

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  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, ¾ cup water and ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Sprinkle the remaining ½ 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, 1½ 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 information

  • Serving size: 2 lamb chops & ⅓ cup peas
  • Per serving: 252 calories; 11.0 g fat(3.0 g sat); 4.0 g fiber; 13.0 g carbohydrates; 24.0 g protein; 62.0 mcg folate; 62 mg cholesterol; 4.0 g sugars; 0.0 g added sugars; 1810.0 IU vitamin A; 16.0 mg vitamin C; 41.0 mg calcium; 3.0 mg iron; 584 mg sodium; 394.0 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (36% daily value), Vitamin C (27% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 2

March 25, 2014
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By: HealthyGEO
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
January 21, 2014
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By: Linda
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.