MUSTARD-COATED LAMB CHOPS ROASTED OVER OYSTER MUSHROOMS & BLACK TRUFFLE BUTTER
My family never ate Yorkshire Pudding, in which baking dough captures a roast’s juices as they drip. But I was always intrigued by the concept of putting lamb’s luscious pan juices to good use. Since lamb has such a unique, assertive flavor, I decided to challenge it a bit by replacing the pastry with relatively mild yet fleshy oyster mushroom. Mmmm! The juices from the roasting lamb chops drench the mushrooms as they roast. Add to that the intense, earthy flavor of black truffle butter, and you have a special meal in 30 minutes.
Choose a roasting pan that fits the mushrooms without piling them on top of one another or leaving space between them.
- 2 double lamb loin chops, each about 8 ounces
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons grainy or smooth Dijon-style mustard
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons olive oil plus a little for oiling the pan
- 2 tablespoons dry red wine
- 12 ounces large wild oyster mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed and cut into 1-inch strips OR cultivated oyster mushrooms, hard center removed and separated into individual mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon black truffle butter
- 1/4 cup chicken stock
11. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
22. Rub the lamb chops generously on all sides with salt and pepper. Stir the mustard and rosemary in a small bowl until blended. Rub about half of this seasoning into the lamb chops. Place the remaining seasoning in a large bowl and beat in the olive oil and red wine. Add the mushrooms, sprinkle them with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and toss to coat.
3Lightly oil a 12 × 8 inch roasting pan. Arrange the mushrooms in an even layer over the bottom of the pan. Fit a roasting rack over the mushrooms and arrange the chops, without touching each other, on the rack.
4Roast 20 minutes. The lamb chops should be cooked medium rare (an instant reading thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chop will register 130 F) and the mushrooms should be well browned and tender. Check the mushrooms half way through cooking. If they are cooking unevenly, remove the rack and stir them well. Add 2 minutes to the cooking time if you need to stir the mushrooms.
5Remove the chops to serving plates. Place the roasting pan over medium-high heat and pour in the chicken stock. Cook, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon, until the liquid in the pan is reduced enough to lightly coat the mushrooms. Check the seasoning, add salt and pepper if necessary and spoon the mushrooms next to the lamb chops. Top each chop with a pat of black truffle butter.
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