Minty Roasted Lamb Chops

The classic spring combo of lamb, mint, and peas is mimicked here in this easy dinner. After a flavor-packed rub of garlic, lemon and mint, the chops are simply roasted in the oven.



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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 mins
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Ingredients
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    1/2  cup 
    snipped fresh mint leaves
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    2   tablespoons 
    finely shredded lemon peel
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    2   cloves 
    garlic, minced
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    1   teaspoon 
    sea salt or kosher salt
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    freshly ground black pepper
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    8   
    lamb rib or loin chops, cut 1 inch thick
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    2   tablespoons 
    olive oil
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    1  10  ounce 
    frozen peas
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    1/4  cup 
    milk, half-and-half, or light cream
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    sea salt or kosher salt
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    2   tablespoons 
    coarsely snipped fresh tarragon
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    Melted butter (optional)
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    Fresh herb sprigs (optional)
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    4   slices 
    hearty bread, toasted

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In bowl combine mint, lemon peel, garlic, the 1teaspoon salt, and pepper. Place chops on rack in shallow roasting pan. Brush both sides of chops with olive oil. Press mint mixture on both sides of chops. Roast, uncovered, 17 to 20 minutes (145 degrees F for medium-rare, 160 degrees F for medium).
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Meanwhile, cook peas according to package directions. Drain. Place in food processor or blender. Add milk and 1/4teaspoon salt. Cover and process until nearly smooth. Transfer to bowl; stir in tarragon. Drizzle peas with melted butter; top with fresh herb sprigs. Place chops on bread slices alongside peas. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 377, Fat, total (g) 17, chol. (mg) 122, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 12, Monosaturated fat (g) 9, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 3, sugar (g) 5, pro. (g) 43, vit. A (IU) 1603.48, vit. C (mg) 25.98, Thiamin (mg) 0.49, Riboflavin (mg) 0.73, Niacin (mg) 11.65, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.9, Folate (g) 40.32, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 5.86, sodium (mg) 811, Potassium (mg) 807, calcium (mg) 70.68, iron (mg) 6.84, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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