Lamb chops on polenta

January 27, 2011  •  Category:


I don’t know about you, but my tastes are fairly straightforward when it comes to food. Take these lamb chops, grill or pan-fry them and serve them with any starch (polenta today) and there you go.

What do you think? Should we fancy things up a bit?

So, the only thing needed here is good lamb. If you have access to a farm where lamb is grass-fed, all the better!

Marinate them Lebanese-style in lemon juice and olive oil with a bit of spices, then grill or pan-fry them for a few minutes.

The spice mixture includes allspice, salt, black pepper and a dash of Aleppo pepper or cinnamon or sumac.


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  1. Adele says:

    Lamb chops is my absolute favourite go-to recipe, and I always do them the same: either marinated in olive oil, garlic and rosemary, or with a spicy mix like yours. I also like to serve them with polenta, except yours is much prettier than mine.

  2. Lyndsey says:

    These look simply perfect! haven’t done lamb chops in so long…thanks for the reminder!

  3. UrMomCooks says:

    Beautiful dish! Lamb and beef are the two things widely available from ranchers in Texas, so I am always on the lookout for a new twist on a lamb recipe! Am enjoying looking around your blog!

  4. Louise says:

    Lamb chops are my very best favorite entree EVER! I need to try it with some polenta, duh, I never thought of that! Thank you so much for sharing, Joumana

  5. meriem says:

    Superbe. J’adore les côtelettes d’agneau et ta présentation est excellente!

  6. Cara says:

    I love lamb, and the simplicity and comfort of polenta – this is a gorgeous dish!

  7. says:

    This dish is a good reason to try eating lamb more.

  8. Astra Libris says:

    Ooooh, I have some Aleppo pepper and some polenta currently sitting next to each other because I’ve been in the mood to use both of them lately – you know how all of a sudden ingredients just start calling to you? 🙂 I hadn’t decided how to merge them yet, though… Now I have the perfect answer! Thank you!

  9. om mannou latunisien says:

    je ne conais pas l’englais mais ,je voulais vous dire merci pour la visite ,et très réussis vos cotte d’agnaux que j’ai fait traduire grasse à google chrome ,merci et bonne journée!!

  10. Hannah says:

    My mum would love love love this! She’s a huge fan of lamb and is wheat-intolerant so polenta always works well 🙂 I should send her this post!

  11. Diane says:

    I love lamb and I love polenta so this is a good combination for me. Diane

  12. oum mouncifrayan says:

    miammm, c’est très appétissant ça!! bravo et merci du partage.

  13. Sutapa says:

    Delicious lamb chops and simple to cook !

  14. Rachel K says:

    This is mouthwatering. My tummy is literally rumbling right now! The only thing I might add is a splodge of hummous . . . probably sacrilege, but I love lamb with chickpeas!

  15. Caffettiera says:

    Your presentation is stunning: you did fancy up things a bit! I used to dislike the intense flavour of lamb, since I don’t really like meat. I then tasted the Welsh one, grown close to the sea, grazing grass: a completely different experience. Now I eat lambs only if they are really good quality, but the quality of meat I had access to in Wales is not easy to find here in Germany.

  16. FOODESSA says:

    My Hubby would be all over this meaty and comforting dish!
    I’m all over the presentation…5 star restaurant setting…exquisite!

    Have a great day and flavourful wishes,

  17. Joan Nova says:

    I think your presentation looks pretty fancy! Love the polenta dome and the way the chops are leaning against it.

  18. Susan says:

    The only way my husband will eat lamb is if it’s grilled rack of lamb or lamb chops. These look excellent with the polenta. Good idea1

  19. SYLVIA says:

    Picture perfect dinner with delightful melange of flavors. Polenta lifts his hat and says hey- I can be comfort too, the lamb chops are relaxing and taking a nap on the polenta lounge chair. Joumana, this is a stunning dish that’s festive enough for Valentines day.

  20. Joy says:

    You are such a classy little lady. I absolutely love this elegant dish. I always enjoy lamb chops because it’s the perfect portion of meat for me — not too much but very earthy and robust in flavors. This looks so wonderful 🙂

  21. peter says:

    You’re right…simple and good sourcing of lamb chops. I like then best on the grill.

  22. Barbara says:

    I adore lamb! And polenta! So you’ve hit the spot with me today. Really a nice presentation too.
    (love the beet mousse last post!)

  23. Nadji says:

    Personnellement, j’aime les côtelettes d’agneau tout simplement grillées.
    Je ne connais malheureusement pas le pain libanais à la pâte de dattes dont tu m’as parlé.
    Mais, je sais par expérience que pour avoir une pâte briochée et moelleuse: il faut du lait ( en poudre +eau ou nature) beurre et œufs.
    La pâte doit être très molle, ce qui donne beaucoup de moelleux.
    J’ai découvert aussi que le buttermilk donne un très bon moelleux à la pâte.
    Je vais chercher si je trouve quelque chose sur ce pain dans tous les livres de cuisine que j’ai.
    A très bientôt et très bon week-end.

  24. Oui, Chef says:

    YUM!….and I love your presentation! – S

  25. Steve @ HPD says:

    Just realized … ran out of sumac and didn’t buy any more. Lovely, lovely, lovely pix. Cheers!

  26. domi says:

    Bonjour Joumana, tu nous a fait là une toute belle assiette que l’ on retrouvera facilement sur une table de chef, comme un ” délicieux ” soleil. Simple et très efficace

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