Lamb Shoulder Blade Chops with Black Kale

Lamb Shoulder Blade Chops with Black Kale (Serves 2)

I love lamb chops. They are easy to cook and taste great with a simple dusting of salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. They require a few minutes more cooking time than other meats, but the effort is totally worth it.

Prep and Cook Time: 30-35 minutes

Ingredient list:

2 Lamb Shoulder Blade Chops
2 bunches of black kale
1 Granny Smith apple
Dried cranberries (infused with apple juice)
Apple cider vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Black pepper
Garlic powder
Salt

Directions:

Add 1/4 cup of water to a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add two handfuls of cranberries. Add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar (I’m guessing about the amount. Just make sure the cranberries are covered with liquid equal parts water and vinegar). Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer over low heat. Cut Granny Smith apple in half. Chop half into bite-sized pieces. Eat the other half if you are hungry or save it for later. Granny Smith apple will stay relatively fresh in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Rinse kale well. Strip leaf from stems and discard stems. Add olive oil to a sauté pan over medium heat. Add kale to hot oil and stir around with a spatula. Add more kale as it wilts until you have enough to fill two plates. Add salt and garlic powder to taste. Stir the cranberry-apple cider vinegar mixture in with the kale. Taste and add apple cider vinegar as needed to achieve a nice bite. Transfer to plates. Sprinkle Granny Smith apple pieces across kale.

Pre-heat non-stick grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Season both sides of lamb chops with a nice dusting of salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Lay the meat in the dry pan and let it sear undisturbed for 6 minutes on the first side. Turn and sear the other side for at least 6 minutes. Evaluate doneness by how much pink is showing in the side of the searing meat. Transfer to plate and allow the meat to rest while you finish with the kale.

Notes: The apple pieces in my picture look like a separate dish, but they are just a thin layer atop the kale. Adding apple pieces to wilted kale may sound strange, but the cranberries, apple cider vinegar, and apple pieces with the kale creates a great taste. Be bold and try it.

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