04/03/2017

Creative Kosher: Charoset Lamb Chops

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Creative Kosher with The Rustic Maidel

by Sarah Braun

Some dread the thought of Pesach, but Pesach is one of my favorite holidays. There are aspects of every holiday that I enjoy, but I think that all of the thought and preparation that goes in to Pesach makes it that much more enjoyable. From the time that Purim ends, my mind is set to Pesach. I begin my menu planning, my cleaning schedule, and thinking about what exciting new things I can create for the coming year, and let me tell you, I am excited.

This year is the first year that I will be preparing a Seder. I have always had Pesach Seder at family and friends, and this year we decided to do second night at home. Preparing for the Seder is pretty much like any Yom Tov meal preparation, but we also get the bonus of all of the extra fun things to prepare, like the Seder plate items. I texted my mom a couple of weeks ago asking her for some of my favorite recipes from childhood that she would make each year for Pesach, and this year, for the first time, I needed the recipe for Charoset. My mom’s Charoset is the best (I know, all of our mom’s is the best), but really, it is.

So when I was asked to make this post something Charoset inspired, to coincide with the upcoming event; Chopped: Charoset around the Jewish World, I was just a tad enthusiastic.

The recipe I created for this post is something I am pretty excited about, it uses all of the ingredients in traditional Charoset recipes (all of the ingredients in my mothers recipe) to create a savory, sweet, and awesome main dish. I had been eyeing these perfect looking Lamb Chops at the butcher for a few weeks now, and this was the perfect excuse to buy them!

I hope you enjoy this take on my Charoset inspired lamb, it came out fantastic, and I highly recommend you try it out, it has a few components, but it is actually very simple!

Sweet & Sticky Charoset Inspired Lamb Chops

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Ingredients:

Honey Wine Reduction: 
1/2 C good dry wine (I used a Rioja, you can use any deep dry red you enjoy)
6 Tbsp honey
Caramelized Apples:
1 large pink lady apple
2 Tbsp Earth Balance, melted
1 Tbsp brown sugar
Roasted Pecan Pieces:
1/2 C pecans, chopped
1/8 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Lamb Chops:
9 lamb chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
3 Tbsp honey
4 Tbsp dry red wine
salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Marinate lamb in in the honey & wine, and season with salt & pepper.
  2. While the lamb marinates, prepare the rest of the components.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet pan to medium heat, while it heats:
  4. Pour wine into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  5. Allow it to boil away for about 8 minutes or so, or until the strong smell of alcohol is gone.
  6. Add honey, stir, and remove from heat. Set aside.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  8. Slice large apple into thin slices, skin on.
  9. Pour melted butter replacement and brown sugar over the slices, and coat.
  10. Lay coated apple slices onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper & bake until soft.
  11. Once the apples are soft, broil on Low for just a few minutes, until a bit golden/brown (watch carefully! It will happen fast!)
  12. Combine pecan pieces & olive oil, and broil on Low for just two minutes or until slightly browned.
  13. Gently lay lamb chops onto the cast iron skillet (4-5 at a time) and cook for approximately 8 minutes, flipping every 2-3 minutes for a medium rare cook.
  14. Serve: Lay prepared apples onto a plate, lay lamb on top, and sprinkle with nuts & reduction.


Sarah Braun, a native Clevelander, obtained her bachelor’s degree in International Relations & Arabic language from The Ohio State University, and her Masters in Global Policy from Cleveland State University. Between undergrad and graduate school Sarah lived in Jerusalem, working for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and studying at the Mayanot Institute for Women. While in Israel, Sarah had the fortune of meeting her better half, Dovi. Sarah returned to Cleveland to finish graduate school, married her husband, and they moved to Johannesburg, South Africa (his hometown). While in South Africa, Sarah worked at the Embassy of Israel in South Africa as their Director of Public Relations. Sarah and Dovi moved back to Cleveland in 2014, and were blessed with a baby girl.

Between living in South Africa for four years, Israel for two, Egypt (for Arabic studies) and traveling, Sarah has gathered ideas and styles of foods and cooking that she enjoys altering to cater to her family’s kosher dietary needs. Sarah works for her local Cleveland family business, Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve (an all-natural & organic skincare company) and in her spare time, enjoys cooking, styling food, hosting, decorating, and most of all, being a wife & mommy.

Follow Sarah on Instagram @TheRusticMaidel or on Facebook (The Rustic Maidel) to see more frequent posts about food, recipes, and ideas. You can find her blog at: www.therusticmaidel.com.

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