Lamb Chops with Eggplant Caponata

Nuvita Biscuits
Caponata, an Italian relish, is ideal for the holidays: You can make it ahead and keep it in the fridge for about a week.


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 small eggplant, diced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
1 tomato, seeded and diced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon capers
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
12 to 16 lamb loin chops
Arugula, for garnishMethod:

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes. Add the eggplant, season with salt and pepper and cook until the eggplant begins to soften, about 3 more minutes. Add the rosemary, tomato and vinegar and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the capers and pine nuts; set aside to cool slightly.

Place a large skillet over high heat. Season the lamb chops with salt and pepper. Working in batches, place the lamb chops in the pan, fat-side down, and cook until the fat begins to render, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the chops onto their sides and cook until crisp and brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Divide the eggplant caponata and lamb chops among plates and garnish with arugula.

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by United on Mar 25, 2013

    I’m just cooking some lamb chops for tea for me & my boyfriend and just wanted some ideas for a tasty sauce to go with them.

    I don’t have any mint or rosemary so those obvious options are out :(
    I’m loving the sound of the garlic butter.

    Already got my bottle of red chilling in the fridge for when the boyfriend comes home :)

  2. posted by Armas on Mar 25, 2013

    Ive bought mint lamb chops & havent got a clue how to cook them until they are fall of the bone, also i have no oil & no tinned tomatoes so plzz helpp

  3. posted by baldy eire on Mar 25, 2013

    I am not familiar with lamb. Can lamb chops be cooked rare or med-rare like beef steaks or does it have to be cooked well done like pork chops.

  4. posted by Jeff on Mar 25, 2013

    I am in the USA and want to know how to make great Lamb Chops ~ British style Please. ALso if ther eis a place in the USA where I can buy British spices, tea etc. Thanks in advance

  5. posted by brincks26 on Mar 25, 2013

    Having for dinner tonight, minted lamb chops, new potatoes and veg.
    I proudly thought this was a healthy meal for my son and I, who’s aged 5, but someone told me today that the chops are covered in unhealthy colourants etc.
    Is this true?
    I bought them from my local butcher and there is no label stating anything.
    Already cooked and eaten now, yum yum!
    None spare I’m afraid I’m a greedy pig. lol

  6. posted by johnkaiser 22 on Mar 25, 2013

    I want to eat more meat for breakfast, and I got some lamb chops on sale. Any breakfast-y ideas?

  7. posted by EzioAuditore1459 on Mar 25, 2013

    How do you prepare it?
    Do you prefer lamb chops or leg of lamb?
    what kind of wine goes good with lamb?

  8. posted by norrin_shadowwolf on Mar 25, 2013

    In your opinion, how do you think I should cook my lamb chops? On the stove top or in the oven? For how long? Any tricks to bringing out the flavor in lamb?

  9. posted by LN13 on Mar 25, 2013

    I’ve been buying lamb chops and discovered recently that the fat tastes great (I’m rather skinny) and I know pork fat is a big thing in Chinese cooking…but why does chicken fat on the other hand taste so disgusting?

  10. posted by Denali on Mar 25, 2013

    I am going on Valentines Day and I have had the steak before and its great. I just wanted to know if the lamb chops were worth it or to stick with a steak.

  11. posted by thexbox360player on Mar 25, 2013

    There’s a restaurant Fogo de Chao and the lamb chops off the skewer are to die for. I know I won’t be able to make them the same way because I don’t have an open wood fire oven lol. How can I get them charred and savory though similiar to that way?

  12. posted by Pacman on Mar 25, 2013

    I am making lamb chops tomorrow night for dinner. I bought straight up plain, mint jelly at the grocery store. Should I be using something else? Or combining something with it?

    Or should it be fine as is? Also how would you serve it – side if with the lamb chops?

    Thank you so much!

  13. posted by simply complicated on Mar 25, 2013

    what is the best way to cook lamb chops and for how long?

  14. posted by Scorch Delta-62 on Mar 25, 2013

    I am making lamb chops with a yogurt mint sauce. I am also going to make Greek potatoes. What vegetable / bread should I serve with this?

  15. posted by MentallyCryppled on Mar 25, 2013

    I have some lamb chops (less than an inch thick). I want to roast them with rosemary and possibly mint or thyme?? I want to keep it simple.

    How long do I cook them for, and at what temperature? & what is the best way to prepare them?

    I don’t want to fry them.

    Any suggestions would be great!

  16. posted by Jonathan on Mar 25, 2013

    I bought two lamb chops that had been placed in veal section of meat department. All lamb recipes I have found are for rack or leg and weight of 4 pounds.

    I’ve never fixed lamb before and want something easy. I also have no idea what to serve as side. Any and all reasonable responses will be considered.

  17. posted by tefa_96 on Mar 25, 2013

    i am cooking dinner for me and one other person tonight, i would like to do a lamb chop recipe…
    just a simple one that is easy to cook and tastes really nice.
    going to go buy any other ingredients needed as well!

  18. posted by davemc74656 on Mar 26, 2013

    I am cooking the lamb chops Med rare with a merlot sauce that will be basted every 5 min while cooking. served on rosemary mash and cherry glazed to finish. what veg would compliment this dish to make it just perfect……. what dessert would also finish this nicely?

  19. posted by zaclo on Mar 26, 2013

    I want to cook lamb chops with FRYING PAN,so the questions are
    1.Should I cook it on high/slow heat?
    2.How do I know that the lamb are PERFECTLY COOKED?(I don’t have any thermometer..sorry)
    3.How to prevent that the lamb are overcooked/chunky/too hard?
    4.more helpful tips

  20. posted by therundown2k3 on Mar 26, 2013

    Two lamb chops are 350+ calories, if I had a serving or two of ice cream, could that substitute it and not make a difference? I just hate lamb chops and it’s apart of my diet lol.

  21. posted by mendhak on Mar 26, 2013

    I have some mint marinaded lamb chops…can i cook them on my george foreman if so how long do u recommend and at what temperature please?

    if not what way is best to cook them?

    Thanks alot.

  22. posted by clntvrrt on Mar 26, 2013

    They say it taste like olives. I don’t like olives but i like olive oil.

    Which section of the supermarket?

    Is there any replacement for capers?

  23. posted by Goe122 on Mar 28, 2013

    I am having a BBQ with the family and my mom loves lamb chops. However they are really hard to get since most places want to sell the whole leg. Can anybody tell me of a place where i can buy them by the pound?

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