Lamb Chops with Lebanese Green Beans

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Lamb Chops with Lebanese Green Beans

Lamb Chops with Lebanese Green Beans

Simple pan-roasted lamb chops are served alongside deliciously spiced stewed green beans and tomatoes in a riff on a Lebanese favorite, lubiyeh. Serve with: Bulgur or rice pilaf.

Serves 4

Prep Time 45 min

Total Time 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh mint, or 2 teaspoons dried, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 3 cups diced tomatoes, (4-5 medium)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 12 ounces green beans, trimmed
  • 8 lamb loin chops, trimmed (1 1/2-1 3/4 pounds total)

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and light brown, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon fresh mint (or 1 teaspoon dried), cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and water and increase heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to break down, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in green beans. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the green beans are tender, about 12 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, sprinkle both sides of lamb chops with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lamb chops and cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn them over and transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into a chop registers 140°F for medium-rare, 6 to 10 minutes, depending on thickness.

Step 4

Stir the remaining mint into the green bean mixture. Serve the lamb chops with the green beans.


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