AIP Lamb Chops Recipe
Lamb chops aren’t the most common dinner item, but they offer a nice change of pace. Make this AIP lamb chops recipe and it just might become a permanent part of your recipe rotation.
What Does Lamb Taste Like?
I think a lot of people don’t each much lamb simply because they haven’t been exposed to it. For most, to know it is to love it.
Lamb doesn’t really taste like beef, turkey, or chicken. It has a taste that is more game-like, thanks in part to a particular fatty acid it contains.
The origin of the lamb influences its taste as well. American lamb tends to be more mild, so it’s a good introduction to see if you enjoy the flavor.
Lamb from New Zealand is actually much more common. These lambs, and lambs from Australia as well, are raised on grass pasture.
Lamb from New Zealand or Australia has a stronger flavor than American lamb.
You’ve heard of pork chops, so you may be wondering if lamb chops share any similarities.
A chop is a specific cut of meat. Pork chops and lamb chops are indeed the most common, but chops are also cut from mutton, veal, or game.
The chop is cut down from the spine, and typically contains a rib.
Shoulder chops come from the loin, sirloin, rib, and shoulder (bet you didn’t see that coming). This convenient cut cooks more quickly than most other varieties.
Loin chops are widely available, and appear to have a “T” bone in the meat. They can be grilled, broiled, or fried in a pan.
Where to Buy Lamb
These days you can buy lamb at just about any grocery store, but you may have to ask for it.
If you don’t see it out on display, check with the butcher or meat counter. They should be able to help you out.
If your local grocery store fails you, try a meat market or larger grocery store. You could call ahead if you’re worried about making a wasted trip.
Also, I should warn you that lamb chops aren’t the cheapest meat. It is nice as a treat, but may be cost prohibitive to some.
How to Avoid Nightshades
You’ll notice that this tasty lamb recipe does not contain any nightshades, which are a family of plants that can wreak havoc on your autoimmune condition.
As you follow AIP for a while, you’ll learn to recognize common nightshades such as tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, and chili peppers.
Until then, however, refer to this handy list of nightshades to check and make sure that your meals follow autoimmune protocol. It’s a great way to help manage your condition through your diet.
This is a fun way to add some extra flavor to deliciously grilled lamb chops.
- 4 Tablespoons (60 ml) of ghee, softened to room temperature
- 3 teaspoons (3 g) of fresh rosemary, leaves picked and finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves (6 g), peeled and minced
- 6 large lamb chops (510 g)
- Mash up the softened ghee with the finely chopped rosemary, garlic, and salt in a little bowl. Tip the mixture onto a sheet of saran wrap, then roll and shape the ghee into a cylinder shape, rolling up the ends to secure. Place in the fridge until firm again.
- Lightly season the lamb chops with salt on both sides. They can either be cooked on a barbeque until the fat crisps up, or they can be grilled in a preheated oven (430°F / 220°C) for 20-25 minutes.
- To serve, unwrap the ghee and slice into small discs. Serve a disc of flavored ghee on top of each chop, placing them in the oven for a minute to gently melt over the warm chops.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Serving Size: 2 chops
- Calories: 654
- Sugar: 0 g
- Fat: 60 g
- Carbohydrates: 1 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 28 g