Thursday, July 7, 2011

Grilled Lamb Chops with Spicy Chili-Cilantro Sauce ~ What are the rules?

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I was excited yesterday to find frenched Lamb Chops for $11.99 a pound. I realize that's still not inexpensive ...but it's far better than the $19.99 I've been seeing!  The Lamb Chops looked beautiful, they were meaty, tender, nicely trimmed... so I decided to pick some up!

I usually marinate our Lamb Chops in garlic, rosemary and thyme and cook them atop a charcoal grill ensuring to keep them medium rare ~ but this time I wanted something different. When I stumbled upon, Grilled Lamb Chops with Spicy Chili-Cilantro Sauce on epicurious..I was intrigued ...but confused...


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you see, there is no cilantro in the sauce....there is however...cilantro in the dry spice mix you rub all over the lamb.   So it got me thinking...

What are the, "RULES" when it comes to renaming recipes?

I think this dish would be more appropriately named, "Chili and Cilantro Rubbed Lamb Chops with a Spicy Red Wine Chili Sauce."  ....but that's just my opinion.

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Oh and because I have an extremely difficult time using two full cups of wine in almost any recipe (but especially one with dainty little lamb chops) I halved the sauce recipe....except for the shallot and the garlic whose measurements I kept the same.

My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe, it was a welcomed change from our usual Lamb Chop repertoire and one we'll be making again and again!

Click here for the recipe: Grilled Lamb Chops with Spicy Chili-Cilantro Sauce

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16 comments:

PHUDE-nyc said...

Looks and sounds delish, as usual...!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Who cares what the rules say, if there's no cilantro in the sauce, why the heck leave the name in there?? Rename it baby! Awesome find on the lamb, the chops look fab, as always! I just love how your photos are designed, the wine glass with the light reflecting a ring of red onto the table cloth, the bit of couscous and raisin on the table, perfect! You should teach me food styling :) Help me Obi Wan, you're my only hope! :)

Jennifurla said...

I am in love with this dish, and the pictures are over the top wonderful!

Santosh Bangar said...

looks tempting

StephenC said...

I can't afford lamb chops, but do enjoy the much less expensive loin chops. You did a beautiful job.

Amy J. and Tiffanie A. said...

I love love love this! My dad could eat lamb every day!! I am DEF. going to make this for him on his birthday in August! THanks for the tip! I may need to make them sooner for me too lol

Amy

Marc van der Wouw said...

Wow love lamb....looks very nice...as always;-)

Care's Kitchen said...

Thanks all! They were delicious! :) If you like lamb...it's a must try!

sherri@crunchtimefood said...

I think your name is much better because it prepares your palate for the real flavor. Rules are meant to be broken. I confess, I don't really consider lamb chops, but I so adore your first photo with the juicy juice I can almost taste them.

Maria said...

This looks delicious! I love lamb chops and these look amazing!

Maria @ A Platter of Figs

Karen said...

That is odd...just because cilantro is in the dish doesn't mean you can just throw it in anywhere in the title!! I vote for yours instead.
The dish looks supremely yummy, as always...loving the (cilantro-less sauce)!

Velva said...

Cooking is all about breaking the rules. A recipe is just a foundation-so, you get to name it anything that suits your fancy.

Your lamb chops rock. This is a very elegant dish. I will gladly bring a good bottle of wine if I can pull up a chair and join you.

Velva

highlandsranchfoodie said...

I'm such a cilantro fan. Did the flavor of the cilantro come through at all in this dish? Aren't lamb chops just the best! I agree about halving the wine.

Jenn said...

Rules are meant to be broken I say!!! And I really don't care what you call it... I would eat it and still want more :)

herbal products said...

A mix of herbs and spices make the dish more tangy. It adds refreshing taste as well.

daniellaprice30 said...

This grilled lamp chops recipe is something worth trying. I would put some bay leaves when I try it at home to add some spices.