Sizzling lamb chops scottadito

sizzling lamb chops scottadito

Serves 4-6

  • 8 carrots

  • 3 small red onions

  • 3 small white onions

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • olive oil

  • 1 dried red chilli, crumbled

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds

  • 1 teaspoon dried flowering oregano

  • 8 fresh bay leaves

  • 6 long lamb chops, untrimmed

  • 250g bulgar wheat

  • 1 tablespoon runny honey

  • white wine vinegar

  • 1 orange

  • a handful of pistachio nuts

  • 1 lemon

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons fat-free natural yoghurt

  • 50 g feta cheese

  • a small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas mark 6. Light the barbecue, preparing a hot and cool side. Trim and halve the carrots lengthways, then peel and halve the onions. Place into a snug-fitting roasting tray and toss with a good pinch of salt and pepper and a lug of olive oil. Tightly cover with tin foil, then place in the hot oven and cook for around 30 minutes, or until cooked through but not golden.



Meanwhile, prepare the lamb rub. In a pestle and mortar, grind the dried chilli, coriander seeds, oregano (you can use normal oregano if you can't find the flowering kind), four bay leaves and a good pinch of salt and pepper to a fine powder. Rub all over the lamb chops and put to one side.



Cook the bulgar wheat according to packet instructions. Once the veg has cooked through, remove and discard the foil, then add the remaining bay, runny honey, a good lug of white wine vinegar, the juice of half an orange and pistachio nuts. Return to the oven and roast for a further 30 minutes, or until golden and sticky.



Meanwhile, drizzle some olive oil over the chops and place on the barbecue, positioning them so the meaty part of the chop is on the cool side and the thinner bone on the hotter side. Grill for around 15 minutes, or until cooked through and gnarly, turning regularly (be careful as the fat may spit).



Drain and leave the bulgar to cool, then finely grate over the zest from the lemon and squeeze the juice of half on top. Add a good lug of extra virgin olive oil, season well and mix together. Spoon the bulgar onto a serving platter, layer over half the roasted carrots and onions and place the sizzling lamb chops on top. Add the remaining veg, golden pistachios and any lovely juices from the tray, then serve with dollops of yoghurt, crumbled feta and finely chopped parsley leaves – delicious!

Nutritional Information

Method

Scottadito means finger blistering in Italian – this is beautiful, juicy lamb, straight off the BBQ

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas mark 6. Light the barbecue, preparing a hot and cool side. Trim and halve the carrots lengthways, then peel and halve the onions. Place into a snug-fitting roasting tray and toss with a good pinch of salt and pepper and a lug of olive oil. Tightly cover with tin foil, then place in the hot oven and cook for around 30 minutes, or until cooked through but not golden.

Meanwhile, prepare the lamb rub. In a pestle and mortar, grind the dried chilli, coriander seeds, oregano (you can use normal oregano if you can't find the flowering kind), four bay leaves and a good pinch of salt and pepper to a fine powder. Rub all over the lamb chops and put to one side.

Cook the bulgar wheat according to packet instructions. Once the veg has cooked through, remove and discard the foil, then add the remaining bay, runny honey, a good lug of white wine vinegar, the juice of half an orange and pistachio nuts. Return to the oven and roast for a further 30 minutes, or until golden and sticky.

Meanwhile, drizzle some olive oil over the chops and place on the barbecue, positioning them so the meaty part of the chop is on the cool side and the thinner bone on the hotter side. Grill for around 15 minutes, or until cooked through and gnarly, turning regularly (be careful as the fat may spit).

Drain and leave the bulgar to cool, then finely grate over the zest from the lemon and squeeze the juice of half on top. Add a good lug of extra virgin olive oil, season well and mix together. Spoon the bulgar onto a serving platter, layer over half the roasted carrots and onions and place the sizzling lamb chops on top. Add the remaining veg, golden pistachios and any lovely juices from the tray, then serve with dollops of yoghurt, crumbled feta and finely chopped parsley leaves – delicious!

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 810
    41%
  • Carbs 56g
    22%
  • Sugar 33g 37%
  • Fat 49g 70%
  • Saturates 19g 95%
  • Protein 38g 84%
Of an adult's reference intake

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