Back when we first started the blog, I did recipes called Date Night Dinners. Somewhere along the way, I let that recipe series slide. It’s back….. Quick Easy Lamb Chops For Two is the perfect date night recipe.
Tim had never had lamb chops before the other night when I made these. Typically recipes are created and made on the weekends when I have time for the process. Having ordered the lamb chops ( grocery stores in my area rarely carry these chops regularly), I needed to get them cooked and time on weekends flies, so a Monday recipe it was!!
Attesting to how easy these are to make I got home about 4:00 pm and we were eating by 6:00. This time frame includes taking photos……yes really!!!
The longest part of this recipe was making the balsamic glaze, which can be made ahead. It was an afterthought for me with this recipe, so it added to my time.
Trim the chops if they have excess fat, then rub the balsamic herb mixture on them and set aside. Peeling the pearl onions is tedious, but you only need a dozen, so it’s not bad. You can also buy these frozen which would cut down on time too.
I keep baby potatoes on hand, they are quick to cook and let’s face it they are adorable! Par-cooking them in the microwave keeps the recipe quick.
Caramelize the onions for about 5-10 minutes before you add the potatoes. Once they begin to turn, a nice golden brown, add the potatoes cut side down to give them a beautiful crispy brown exterior.
A Cast iron skillet is one of my must-have kitchen tools. If you are frying or searing anything, you need one. They are great for baking also!! Perfect even heat for searing these chops…just a few minutes on each side for medium rare which is my preference, Tim prefers past medium so reheating after the photos made the doneness perfect for him.
Plating is a breeze bring out an elegant dinner plate, arrange the chops, onions, and potatoes then drizzle with balsamic glaze. Date Night Dinner at its best!!!
Looking for a quick easy and very impressive dinner for two? Try Quick Easy Lamb Chops For Two so easy you can have a fancy dinner on a Monday!!!Print
For the Lamb Chops
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons each fresh rosemary and parsley, minced
4–6 lamb rib chops (depending on their size)
For the Pearl Onion and Potatoes
12 pearl onions, skins removed(or from a bag of frozen)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 baby red potatoes, sliced in half
In a small bowl mix together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and herbs.
Season the lamb chops with salt and pepper, then rub the chops with the olive oil mixture. Set aside to marinate, for 15-30 minutes.
In a microwave proof container cook the potatoes for about 4 minutes, until just tender. Set aside.
For the onions
Heat the butter and oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions seasoning with salt and pepper.
Cook, onions occasionally stirring until they begin to soften and turn golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Turn the heat to low, push the onions to one side of the pan and add the reserved potatoes cut side down into the pan. Cover and continue cooking, for another 5-10 minutes until the onions are a deep, rich golden color, but still hold their shapes and the potatoes are nicely browned.
Heat a skillet(cast iron work very well) over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, add the chops and cook to desired doneness, about 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare.
Place chops on a plate with the pearl onion and potatoes. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
1 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. honey
Add balsamic vinegar and honey to a medium-sized saucepan.
Bring ingredients to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.
Simmer uncovered for 12-15 minutes, or until balsamic vinegar has reduced to the desired consistency. Simmering longer for a thicker glaze and shorter for a thinner glaze.
Balsamic glaze can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the refrigerator for 1-2 months.
Keywords: lamb, herbs, pearl onions, baby potatoes, quick, easy, dinner for two, balsamic vinegar