Mediterranean Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops
10minsprep/2hours10minscook serves 6
3 tablespoons olive oil divided
1 medium onion roughly chopped
4 large carrots roughly chopped
3 large garlic cloves minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup diced zucchini or sweet potato
½ teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried rosemary crushed
1 cup red wine
½ cup tomato sauce or pureed tomatoes
Water or chicken broth as needed
In a large pan with a lid, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until everything is tender and starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a small bowl.
Season the lamb with salt and pepper on both sides. Give the pan a quick wipe with a paper towel, and return to the heat. Add 1 more tablespoon olive oil, make sure the pan is very hot, then add the chops and sear for about 4 minutes on each side until the chops are browned on both sides. Transfer the chops to a plate.
Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, and then the mushrooms, zucchini, thyme and rosemary. Sauté until the mushrooms give up their liquid, and that liquid evaporates and the vegetables become tender and slightly golden, about 7 minutes. Stir in the carrot and onion mixture. Add the red wine, stir to release and browned bit from the bottom and let it reduce by a little bit, about 2 minutes, then stir in the tomato sauce and tuck the browned chops into the mixture. Cover the pan, lower the heat to medium low, and let the liquid very gently simmer for 2 hours, until the meat is very, very tender, almost falling apart. Check periodically to make sure there is still liquid in the pan and add a bit of water or broth if necessary.
Sprinkle the finished dish with the parsley. Serve the lamb chops with the pan sauce over your choice of starch.
*alternatively to leaving the pan on the stove for two hours, transfer to an oven safe dish, cover and bake at 180 degrees for 2 hours.
Tip: Buy our silver meat for a week box and cook this for one of the meals.