Marinated Lamb Shoulder Chop and Roasted Cauliflower

It used to be that lamb was one of those meats that almost no one ever served, except for maybe on Easter, and that you didn’t see on restaurant menus unless you were at a Greek, Mediterranean, or Middle Eastern style restaurant.

Now, even though it’s not always easy to find, it’s almost the same price per pound—and possibly less—than beef. I like to get the shoulder chop because it’s always more affordable than lamb chops or the big roasts—and, just like beef steaks or pork chops, one shoulder chop is the perfect size for one serving. Something to bear in mind, with the way these are cut, they usually have two bones running through them, and sometimes the ends of the bones are somewhat sharp. So be careful when eating!

Marinated Lamb Shoulder Chop
Usually, I go for Greek/Mediterranean flavors when cooking lamb. But this time, I decided I wanted to try something a little different:

Orange-Lime Marinade Recipe |

And I think I might actually like this even more with lamb than I did with the pork!

Roasted Cauliflower
There isn’t much that’s easier than roasting veggies. I didn’t have any fresh cauliflower, but this worked just fine using frozen.

  • 1 bag frozen cauliflower florets
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • parmesan cheese

When I put the lamb in the fridge to marinate, I took the bag of cauliflower out of the freezer, dumped the frozen florets into a strainer, and set it in the sink. By the time I was ready to make dinner, the cauliflower were frozen and drained and relatively dry.

I tossed the cauliflower with olive oil and salt in the baking dish (8×8 or 9×9 should suffice), then sprinkled with parmesan cheese before placing in a 450°F oven for about 15 minutes. You can see that they didn’t get overly brown. But I didn’t want to cook them as long as I would have done with fresh cauliflower, because the frozen stuff cooks through and turns to mush a lot faster.

Lamb Shoulder Chop and Roasted Cauliflower |

And, yes, I’m experimenting with trying to take better food photos. No, I’m still not very good at it.

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1 Response to Marinated Lamb Shoulder Chop and Roasted Cauliflower

  1. Judy D says:

    Your pictures look a lot better than those that Phil’s Restaurant here posts on their FB page. They have generous servings of southern style home cooking and when it comes in person and you can smell it you don’t notice that it looks like several piles of mush of different colors. Yours look like something I want to eat!

    And speaking of colors I was in the “big” Kroger today (had to gas up the car) and they had white cauliflower, purple cauliflower, orange cauliflower, and broccoflower. Only problem is that you’d have to buy a head of each.


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