Dinner tonight… Baked Greek lamb chops with veggies, rocket, tomato, olive and feta salad!
I never follow a recipe… It pains me to say it, I just can’t!. My favourite things to serve up to my family are big wholesome and shared food on a big platter in the middle of the table which we can all dig into. I just love it! This was inspired by the usual browsing of recipes and when i come across something that looks amazing in a picture and has ingredients that I like, I’ll definitely give it a go. So this dish came from and was inspired by a similar recipe I saw on the Coles site…
But as I said, I cannot follow recipes so I had to go and tweak it didn’t I..? So here is my recipe for this delicious dish that I fed the family tonight, and my son even tried everything… For a change! =)
Baked Greek Lamb Chops With Roast Potato, Carrot, Onion and a Tomato, Rocket, Olive and Feta Salad –
Serves 4 – 6
4 Lamb forequarters chops – sliced in half
2 Potatoes – cut into 2cm chunks
2 Carrots – cut into 2cm chunks
2 Red onions – cut into wedges
Marinade for chops –
4 Garlic cloves – crushed/minced
2 Tsp dried oregano
Juice and rind of a lemon
2 Tbp olive oil
Salt and pepper
(Marinate and leave in the fridge for about 15 mins)
2 Tomatoes – cut into chunks
8 Olives – sliced, pits removed
80g Rocket leaves
Sprinkle of dried oregano
First off I cut up the carrots and potatoes, oil and season them and got them into a 200c oven to start them off roasting as they will take the longest.
I then got onto the marinade… In a large bowl, mix the oil, garlic, oregano, juice, rind and seasoning with the chops and gave them a good massage, then pop them back into the fridge.
Next onto making the salad. I cut up the tomatoes and olives. Washed my rocket leaves and had my feta aside to crumble over at the very end.
In a large fry pan, heat to a high heat and sauté off the onion wedges for about 5 mins until softened slightly. Then in the same pan, comes time for sealing of the chops… Heat up a large fry pan and seal them off till they have a nice colour on them. You might need to do these in batches. Then transfer them to an oven proof dish.
Once all the chops are sealed and in the dish, put in 1/2 cup or water and any remaining marinade from the chops, cover with foil and into the oven they go… For about 20 mins.
Now time for assemble… I used a big platter/serving plate. First put down the cooked potato, carrots and onions. Then on top of those go the lamb chops. Then the rocket leaves (which i dress at the very last min with a tiny bit of olive oil and lemon juice) go around the pile of chops and veg, the tomato and olives (also dressed the same at the very last min) are placed on and around the chops. Finally, crumble the feta over the whole dish… And serve some lemon wedges on the side too!
And hey presto, a gorgeous meal that everyone is going to enjoy! =)