Monday, March 4, 2013
Race to the Table: Recipe
Really, I'm not sure I could have made dinner any faster than I did tonight unless I had brought it home from the Golden Arches. Okay, maybe I'm stretching the truth just a touch but to be honest, tonight's dinner was on the table in about 15 minutes and lately that seems to be the boiling point (pardon the pun) for my family's impatience level. Maybe it's me - maybe it's because when I come home I am starving, still tense from the day, and anxious about what kind of project I'll discover in the kids' backpacks! So it's me who wants to sit quickly and eat but I don't want fast food.
We ate lamb chops this evening. I have mentioned in previous posts that I try to shop for food with a plan in mind - i.e., I don't like to freeze meat, so I buy meats I'll cook within the following few days. Last night we had a roasted chicken with sweet potato "cupcakes," pearled couscous and a cold cucumber salad. I had time to cook and really enjoyed making the meal. Tonight, I had 15 minutes or less - it felt a bit like a game show but sadly I only competed...I didn't seem to win anything!
I'll admit that the secret here is that I had made, at one time or another, a dish using a few fresh basil leaves and had a large bunch left over so I did what any self-respecting mom would do...I made pesto sauce and froze it - for a later date. Well, today was that "later" date. If you don't have the time to make pesto - or don't happen to have some in the freezer - purchase a container from the store. There are some very good alternatives to homemade in the grocery stores and pesto can be used on fish, lamb, chicken, pasta - or on some good crusty bread as a dip.
Broiled Lamb Chops with Pesto Sauce
4 shoulder lamb chops, each about 1/2 lb. and 1" thick
1/3 cup prepared pesto sauce
Prepare broiler pan and set oven to broil. Place four chops on the broiler rack and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper on both sides. Place the pan in the broiler on top rack for about 6 - 7 minutes per side - 6 minutes for medium rare. Remove chops and allow them to sit for about 5 minutes before serving. Serve with a dollop of pesto sauce.