Pomegranate Glazed “Lollipop” Lamb Chops
Chef Jeffrey Scott, a favorite Tablas Creek chef, provided this delicious lamb recipe. The earthiness and black fruit of the Tablas Creek Syrah is a perfect match for the glazed lamb chops, but really, any rich Tablas Creek red will be great.
- 4 New Zealand lamb racks (frenched)
- 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup clover honey
- 1 ½ cups soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Chinese five spice
- 1 bunch fresh mint
- 3 cups pomegranate juice
- ½ cup molasses
- ¼ cup granular sugar
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp ginger, sliced
- 2 tbsp shallot, sliced
- 1 tbsp whole peppercorns
- Combine garlic, rosemary, honey, soy and five spice in a bowl. Whisk together and slowly add the olive oil. Slather the mixture over the lamb racks and refrigerate overnight.
- Place all ingredients for the glaze in a four quart sauce pan over medium high heat, and reduce by half or until it reaches a syrupy consistency.
- Season lightly with sea salt, and strain, pushing against the ingredients to extract maximum flavor. The glaze can stand at room temperature until service, or can be refrigerated for up to one week.
- Remove lamb from marinade, brush off excess garlic, and let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
- Grill over high heat on a grill or on the stove top until caramelized and deep gold in color on both sides (about four minutes per side). If using stove top, saute in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. The lamb will still be rare inside.
- Brush with pomegranate glaze and retain the remaining glaze. At this point, the lamb can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
- Place the lamb racks on a sheet pan, and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees (for medium rare).
- Let meat rest for 10 minutes, then slice into chops. Drizzle with pomegranate glaze, and garnish with mint.
Pairs With: Esprit de Tablas/Beaucastel, Panoplie, En Gobelet, Syrah, Mourvedre