What’s Fresh: March 2015

By Hannah Linnemeyer


Only here in Iowa can we start March off with freezing temperatures and within two weeks be nearing 70 degrees! Lets hope this beautiful weather continues and like the old fold lore states, “If March comes in like a Lion, it will go out like a lamb!” Speaking of lamb, this month we encourage you to fix this simple Lamb Chop Recipe. Purchase a cut of lamb from your local lamb producers: Cory Family Farm, Hedgeapple FarmDalla Terra RanchGriffieon Family Farm, or Tesdell Farm!


Lamb Chops with Frizzled Herbs


lamb chops

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

8 large garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons rosemary leaves

24 frenched lamb chops (about 5 1/2 pounds)

Vegetable oil, for frying

16 sage leaves

1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • In a large glass baking dish, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, garlic and 2 tablespoons of the rosemary. Add the chops to the marinade and turn to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil until shimmering. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of rosemary leaves to the hot oil and fry for 15 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the rosemary to paper towels to drain. Fry the sage leaves until the bubbles in the oil subside, about 45 seconds; transfer to the paper towels. Add the parsley leaves to the hot oil and cover the pan immediately to avoid splattering; fry for 15 seconds, then add to the other herbs. Season the herbs with salt.
  • Heat a grill pan. Scrape the marinade off the lamb chops and season the chops with salt and pepper. Working in batches, grill the chops over moderately high heat, turning once, just until pink in the center, about 6 minutes total. Transfer the lamb chops to plates, sprinkle with the frizzled herbs and serve.(recipe: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/lamb-chops-with-frizzled-herbs)