Friday, November 16, 2012

Lamb chops with red wine sauce

6-8 lamb chops
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 T extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for garnish
6 T cold unsalted butter
1 med onion, thinly sliced
1 T minced garlic
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 c tomato paste
2 1/2 c dry red wine

 Prepare the grill or barbecue (medium-high heat). Sprinkle the chop with salt and pepper and drizzle with the 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Grill to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the chops to a cutting board. Tent with foil and let stand 10 minutes.

 Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Add the garlic and oregano and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the wine. Simmer until the sauce reduces by half, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat. Strain the sauce into a small bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids in the strainer and return the sauce to the saucepan and bring back to a slow simmer. Cut the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter into small 1/2-inch chunks and whisk in the sauce a little at a time. Season the sauce, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Drizzle the sauce over the chops, drizzle a little more extra-virgin olive oil and serve.

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