Monday, March 29, 2010

Kleftiko- It's spring at last!

Good Monday morning foodies! I hope everyone had a great weekend. It's starting to be spring here in Chicago. It's a little cool still, but beautiful weather is on it's way and it should be a beautiful end of the week.
My weekend was productive, but relaxing. I got a lot of spring cleaning done that I had been meaning to get to, and then rewarded myself by preparing one of my favorite spring dishes. Kleftiko; otherwise known as Greek Herb Roasted Lamb Chops.
This is a quick and easy recipe that can be thrown together in minutes, and just takes a little patience getting through the roasting process.
The outcome was fantastic as always, and my kitchen is still heavy with the aroma of roasted oregano.

Kléftiko (Greek Herb Roasted Lamb Chops)

2 lamb chops
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/8 cup loosely packed oregano leaves
1/4 cup loosely packed parsley leaves
1 tablespoons thyme leaves
1/2 crushed bay leaf
1/8 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 300. Wash and dry lamb and set aside.
Chop herbs finely. Mix in salt and pepper. Sprinkle lemon juice all over the chops, on both sides. Brush generously with olive oil. Coat with herbs evenly on all sides.
Place chops in a roasting pan high up in the oven. Cook for about 1 hour depending on the thickness of the meat. The meat will be crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. Enjoy!

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