Italian Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
  • 4 (6-to8-ounce) lamb shoulder chops
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1 batch Parsnip Celeriac Mash with Dijon (see recipe below), for serving (optional)
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme, for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Have a braising pot or covered casserole dish on hand, or prepare a large baking dish by lining it with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. In a skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat.
  3. Season the chops on both sides with salt and pepper, then add them to the hot pan. Sear on both sides, working in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan. Place the seared chops in the braising pot, casserole dish, or prepared baking dish.
  4. Combine the diced tomatoes and tomato paste in a bowl.
  5. Cover the chops with the sliced onion and tomato mixture, then sprinkle on the thyme, oregano, and fennel.
  6. Place the lid on the braising pot, casserole dish, or baking dish. If your baking dish does not have a tight-fitting lid, place another piece of parchment paper on top and tuck in the edges to create a seal. Braise in the oven for 2 hours, or until the meat is fork-tender. Serve over the parsnip mash, if you like, and garnish with the thyme sprigs.
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