Sunday 26 October 2014

Lamb Loin Chops, Roast Stalagmite Veg, Split Pea Hummus with Minty Gravy

Tesco in Mansfield decided this meal for me as they had the lamb chops reduced from £13 to £8. A great opportunity to have these expensive luxuries at a more palatable price.


Thick juicy lamb loin chops
Baby carrots
New potatoes
Dried split peas
Baby tomatoes
1x Garlic bulb
White wine
Double cream
Mint sauce


1. Cook the split peas as per packet instructions. Mine were boil for 10 minutes then simmer for 40. Include in the water 2 peeled garlic cloves.
2. Put the new potatoes into a roasting tin, drizzle with oil and season, place on the top shelf of the oven at gas mark 4.
3. Trim flat the big ends of the carrots and place in a roasting tin with some oil.
4. Trim the bottoms of the shallots, peel and place in the roasting tin with the carrots, season, place on the bottom shelf of the oven.
5. Have a glass of wine.
6. After about 15 minutes add the rest of your garlic cloves to the carrots and shallots, give them a mix to make sure everything is coated in oil.
7. When the split peas are done drain any excess water (if there is any) and give them a whizz with a hand blender. Season and if you're feeling indulgent add a blob of cream. Put the lid back on the pan to keep warm.
8. Add the tomatoes to the potatoes in the oven and give them a shake to make sure they're coated in oil.
9. Season the chops and sear in a hot pan for 2 minutes per side. I count the fat as a side too, get it nice and crispy. When they are done put to one side and cover with foil.
10. Chop a couple of shallots and sweat them off in the lamb pan.
11. Pour in a couple of glasses of wine and whack the heat up to reduce the gravy.
12. Add a teaspoon of mint sauce and pour in the cream. Season if needed, I used a few crumbs from a lamb stock cube. Strain the gravy through a sieve to give it a smooth consistency.
13. Remove all the roasting veg from the oven and plate up! With the flat bottomed carrots and shallots you should be able to get the stalagmite look.

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