Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lamb Chops with Dried Cherries and Port

This was a delicious sauce. And so quick and easy. Not overly sweet, even though I used sweet cherries.  The original recipe called for pan juices but we grilled the lamb chops instead and the sauce still had great flavor. I wouldn't change a thing except I'd give the dried tart cherries a try next time. Definitely a keeper, it was great with chicken the next day, too!







Lamb Chops with Dried Cherries and Port

6 lamb chops, sprinkled with salt and pepper and grilled

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 chopped shallots, fine dice
3/4 cup ruby Port
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dried tart cherries (I used sweet dried Bing cherries)
3 tablespoons cherry jam
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
salt and pepper, to taste
chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in heavy medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots to skillet; sauté 1 -2 minutes to soften. Add Port, broth, cherries, jam, vinegar, and cardamom; boil until cherries plump and liquid is syrupy, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce over lamb. Sprinkle with parsley.


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44 comments:

  1. I know this just has to be good; really can't take that green jelly they seve with lamb. This is so much better and with that port...wow!
    Rita

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  2. Very unusual with the lamb, Carol. I'd love to try it. The color is fabulous and with the port, must taste wonderful.

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  3. Lamb is so good with fruit. The cherries are a great idea. Love, love it.

    Cheers.
    Velva

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  4. omygoodness, Carol! I know this must be absolutely fantastic!

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  5. I can just imagine how delicious this is. Next time I prepare lamb this is the recipe I'll use. Thanks for sharing, Carol.

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  6. Dried cherries are almost a pantry staple for me. I love the way you've served them with the lamb!

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  7. Very unique, I have never heard of nor tried cherries with lamb

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  8. Sounds like a yummy sauce, probably good with pork too! ...did I just say that???:@)

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  9. As I read this there was a buzz in my head going mmmm...looks so good. I like the combination and will have to give this a try!

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  10. I had this in Spain and it was HEAVEN!

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  12. Looks yummy! I think I like it the way it with lamp chops. A little tart taste might be worth a try.

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  13. What a seriously gorgeous meal! Dried cherries and port sound like an awesome way to dress up pork chops.

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  14. What a delicious sauce and wonderful that it's easy. I love cherries and pork.

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  15. Very elegant and delicious,Carol!I'm glad I always have a variety of dried fruits in my pantry,this recipe is to be tried asap!!!

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  16. What a beautiful and elegant meal - I'll save this for something special!
    mary oxo

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  17. I know hubby would love this. Lamb is one of his all time favorties. Great pictures Carol!

    Hope you have a great weekend.

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  18. That sauce does sound wonderful! I do a cherry sauce with grilled pork chops too but it doesn't have port. This sounds fantastic with grilled lamb chops!

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  19. perfect autumn dinner! looks so good

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  20. My mother is a huge pork chop fan. I'm sure she would love this - thanks!

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  21. Looks delicious, I have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. That sauce sounds amazing! Like something i'd expect to see on the menu of a five-star restaurant.

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  23. This looks so good. I love the taste of dried fruit and meat together.

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  24. This sounds so good. I love to use dried fruits with meat. thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  25. I think that sauce would be lovely with pork as well...

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  26. I can't say I've ever put lamb and cherries together before. But looking at your recipe, it sounds delicious. I definitely want to try that sauce.

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  27. I love, love, love lamb chops and cherries match so well with the lamb flavor. Great mix

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  28. The sauce looks wonderful.. I have never cooked lamb but it looks like it would be great with pork also. ME

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  29. Wow, carol! This looks like a fantastic recipe fit for an elegant dinner party! My husband would love if I prepared this for him!

    Did you get snow today? It snowed most of the day here but thankfully did not accumulate.

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  30. Now this sounds delicious! We had lamb chops last night but I used Moroccan spices. Next time, I'm trying this. We have lamb all the time.

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  31. Thanks for the comments!

    @Pat, no accumulation and last night really slushy. We lucked out with this one.

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  32. I'm not a fan of lamb...but like Caite said, I think the sauce sounds like one that could be added with pork as well...a tenderloin or chops?
    :)

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  33. This looks so Christmas and great! I love the flavours.

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  34. Sounds wonderful! I have some dried cherries in my pantry, but I'm not sure what kind they are. Time to go check.

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  35. Oh.... my.... This looks fabulous!

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  36. Ooh...la...la Carol! They sound wonderful! Would be nice for Valentine's Day too :-)

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  37. I love sweet and sour flavor in my meal. This one looks like a winner!

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  38. Sounds like a yummy combination, Carol! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

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  39. Carol, I love the way that you paired the lamb chop with a fruity sauce. Not only looks pretty must taste delicious.
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead and thanks for this yummie recipe :-)

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  40. Awesome...I love to cook fruits in savory dishes :) . And need to try your recipe soon

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  41. Oh, how I'd love to gnaw on them bones!

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  42. I am going to have to try this combo as well! I've done tuna and duck with cherries (but not together obviously) but never lamb. Have a good one. And thanks for linking this in.

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