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Lamb Chops with Lebanese Green Beans

July/August 2008

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Simple pan-roasted lamb chops are served alongside deliciously spiced stewed green beans and tomatoes in a riff on a Lebanese favorite, lubiyeh. Serve with: Bulgur or rice pilaf.


Lamb Chops with Lebanese Green Beans Recipe

Makes: 4 servings, 2 chops & 1 cup vegetables each

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, or 2 teaspoons dried, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 3 cups diced tomatoes, (4-5 medium)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 12 ounces green beans, trimmed
  • 8 lamb loin chops, trimmed (1 1/2-1 3/4 pounds total)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and light brown, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon fresh mint (or 1 teaspoon dried), cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and water and increase heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to break down, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in green beans. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the green beans are tender, about 12 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, sprinkle both sides of lamb chops with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lamb chops and cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn them over and transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into a chop registers 140°F for medium-rare, 6 to 10 minutes, depending on thickness.
  4. Stir the remaining mint into the green bean mixture. Serve the lamb chops with the green beans.

Nutrition

Per serving: 327 calories; 15 g fat (4 g sat, 8 g mono); 96 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 33 g protein; 5 g fiber; 676 mg sodium; 875 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (45% daily value), Vitamin A (35% dv), Potassium (25% dv), Folate & Iron (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 1 fat


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Recipe Categories

Servings
4
Main Ingredient
Lamb
Preparation/ Technique
Braise/Stew
Roast
Saute
Meal/Course
Dinner

Season
Summer
Fall
Holiday
Father's Day
Ethnic/Regional
Middle Eastern
Ease of Preparation
Moderate
Total Time
45 minutes or less
Publication
July/August 2008
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