Recently I had a girls night – I love having people over for dinner so I decided to kick my husband Jonathan out the apartment for a few hours and invite my girlfriends over for a long-awaited catch up.
Cooking for a crowd of women only turns out to be a pretty difficult task! Well, not the actual ‘cooking’ per say but putting together a menu. I never know if I should go more on the lighter side and go with salad and fish or to get a little more exciting but as these girls all appreciate food I decided to go for lamb chops… I thought how cute would it be that everyone gets their own lamb chop, but when my meat arrived from my butcher in Brooklyn, it was a different type of chop, a ‘shoulder cut chop’.
To be honest with you all I was pretty freaked out…”Oh Crap” I thought, ” What’s that?! I don’t know what to do with that!!”, so I got on trusty Google and started to research this specific cut of meat, which funnily enough got me more freaked out. It read, ‘ the best way to cook a shoulder cut lamb chop is to slow cook it for a long period of time in a crock pot with the liquid of your choice. This cut makes a perfect stew’. “A stew?? That is not right for girls night!!”. Anyway I think you are probably catching my drift by now…I had no idea what to do with this meat but I stuck to my guns and decided to experiment and cook it how I would cook a regular lamb chop on the bone.
Everyone loved it. In fact when Jonathan came home and ate the leftovers he said that it was amazing and one of his new favorites so I guess I did something right!
The good news is that this type of chop turns out to be much cheaper than regular lamb chop so if you don’t mind it off the bone run down to your butcher and get yourself some! Here’s how its done:
You will need
- 4 shoulder cut lamb chops
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Heat a skillet on medium high with a little olive oil
- Season the meat with salt and pepper
- Add the chops to the skillet for about 4 minutes per side for medium rare, try not to peek to check if its ready before the 4 minutes is up.
- Serve with chimichurri sauce or whatever condiment you so desire.