You are in for a treat because this meal is extremely delicious. I present to you my rosemary crusted lamb chop holiday meal with sweet potato/parsnip mash and mushroom/chestnut gravy. The name alone already sounds so good. This is the perfect holiday meal to treat yourself and impress your guests. It’s pretty easy and straight forward but tastes like it is straight out of a fancy restaurant. From start to end it takes approximately 1 hour to make, which is not that long compared to other fancy holiday meals. The great thing about this meal is that there will be a bit of passive time in two of the three components and you can use that time to prepare something else. I divided this recipe up into the following steps:
5 steps to cook the rosemary crusted lamb chop holiday meal:
- Start out by marinating the lamb chops with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, fresh garlic and minced rosemary. Put it back in the fridge and let it marinade for at least 30 minutes. The longer you marinade it the better the taste. So if you plan ahead and have the time do it a few hours before you want to cook this meal.
- The next step will be to prepare the sweet potato parsnip mash. Simply peel and cut an onion, garlic and of course sweet potato and parsnip. Once you have fried the veggies for a little bit you will let them simmer in some chicken stock for about 20 minutes until the sweet potatoes and parsnip are very soft. You can either use store bought chicken bone broth or homemade one.
- While the veggies are simmering you will start preparing the ingredients that you need for the mushroom chestnut gravy. Once you are done with that fry the lamb chops for about 3 minutes each side on medium high heat. This is important to get a nice browned crust. Turn it around and fry all sides quickly and then let it finish baking in the oven for 10 minutes.
- While the veggies are still simmering and the meat is in the oven you will use the time to prepare the mushroom chestnut gravy. Use the same pan an oil that you used to fry the meat in. It will add some extra flavor to your sauce. Simply fry onions and garlic and then add the mushrooms and chestnuts and a bit of chicken stock. Finally add coconut cream and season with salt and pepper.
- Your meat should be ready to take out of the oven now. Lamb is best medium/rare but if you want it to be a bit more cooked through simply leave it in the oven a little longer. Once you take it out let it rest on a plate for about 5 minutes. Use that time to puree the sweet potato and parsnip mash, season and your meal is ready to serve.
This rosemary crusted lamb chop holiday meal is the perfect winter dinner. It is healthy, super delicious and very filling. If you are not a huge fan of lamb you can use the same recipe with a cut of beef instead.