Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Baked Lamb Chops with Easy Duchesse Potatoes

This dish is inspired by a Greek-Cypriot dish called Kléftiko - Baked Lamb with lemon juice, marjoram, and thyme. I still had some lamb chops in the freezer and remembered seeing this recipe. I decided to bake the lamb together with some carrots and white wine. I had wanted to serve this dish with baked potatoes, but didn't have any at home. So I thought of another way of slipping potatoes into HubbyGrouch's dinner. I  had instant mashed potatoes at hand, so I decided to turn them into Duchesse potatoes. They turned out to be HubbyGrouch's favorite part of the dinner! For LittleGrouch, I made letter shaped Duchesse potatoes. He loved them and didn't even ask for ketchup to eat them with.

olive oil
3-4 carrots, sliced
5-6 lamb chops
1 tbsp lemon juice
6 tbsp white wine
instant mashed potatoes (e.g. plain, with sour cream and herbs, four cheese....)

Preheat oven to 300F. Spray two large enough pieces of aluminum foil with olive oil. Place half of carrot slices on each piece of foil. Season with salt, pepper, and herbs. Brush lamb chops on both sides with lemon juice. Season with salt, pepper, and herbs. Place on top of carrots. Fold edges of foil up, the carefully pour 2 tbsp wine onto the carrots. Close foil thoroughly. Bake for 1 - 1 1/2 hours. In the meantime, prepare the mashed potatoes as per directions. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a pastry bag, squeeze small mounts (or other shapes) of potato puree onto baking sheet. Spray mounts with olive oil. Increase oven temperature to 375F. Bake lamb and potatoes for another 30 minutes until potatoes are nicely browned and crisp. Let the lamb rest 10-15 minutes before opening the aluminum foil - the steam is very hot! Serve lamb together with Duchesse potatoes.

Definitely not grouchy about this dinner!


  1. 1. Your little one is precious.
    2. Hubbygrouch?!...thanks for the laugh ;)
    3. Creative meal!