Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tasty Tuesday....

I am in love with all food Greek and Italian and lucky for us we have a great restaurant within walking distance from our house with both of these specialties. My favorite thing to order is a Gyro Plate with tons of extra Tzatziki sauce and a little fresh hummus on the side...if my family were up to it, I would eat there every night...and I do mean EVERY single night. But since that isn't happening, I had to find a way to make some of these tasty treats at home. (I've even been know to make a pretty mean Baklava when the mood strikes, but I'll have to save that for another day)

Today's Tasty Tuesday is all about.....

Pan Seared Lamb Chops with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

4 Lamb Chops
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
2 table spoons chopped fresh rosemary

Tzatziki Sauce

24 oz container Greek Yogurt
juice of one lemon
1 garlic clove,  finely grated
2 medium cucumbers, seeded and diced
about 1 T kosher salt for salting cucumbers
2  table spoons  finely chopped fresh dill

Prepare Tzatziki sauce first, it will need to be refrigerated for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Peel and slice cucumbers lengthwise, use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Finely dice cucumber and place in a strainer over a bowl. Sprinkle kosher salt over cucumbers and let juice drain off for 20 minutes or so. You can also use cheese cloth to ring out any excess juice. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine Greek yogurt, grated garlic, lemon juice and fresh dill. Stir together and then stir in the cucumber. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

For the Lamb chops....heat a pan to medium-high heat. Sprinkle chops with salt, pepper, and rosemary. Lay the chops in a single layer in the hot pan...don't move them once placed in the pan so you will get a good sear. Cook on each side 3 minutes and then move pan to a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Ta-Da you are done...we make Saffron Rice to go along with this oh-so delicious meal...I hope you will give it a try...I promise it will be worth the time and effort!


  1. This just went on my Pinterest recipe to-do list! You and I must have the same palette. Haha!

  2. Do you happen to know a round about estimate of how many servings the sauce makes? It seems like it would make more than just the 4 chops worth, but I don't know so I thought I'd ask. ;) (I'm also putting it in my calorie counter like a good nerd.)


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