Lamb Chops with Fava Beans

Lamb Chops with Fava Beans
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Lamb Chops with Fava Beans

Francesco Tonelli

Lamb Chops with Fava Beans

In Italian, this dish is called Agenello Scottadito con Fave alla Romana, which translates to “Burn your finger” lamb chops with fava beans, Roman-style. We love to enjoy it when favas are young and fresh enough to eat raw or just barely cooked with olive oil and lemon juice.

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Ingredients

For the lamb:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 rosemary sprigs, leaves chopped
  • 2 thyme sprigs, leaves chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • 12-18 lamb chops (about 3 ½ ounces each)

For the fave alla romana:

  • 4 pound fava or broad beans in the shell, hulled, and if very large, peel the surface (can be bitter)
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, minced
  • 2 ½ ounces pancetta, cut into small cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions

For the lamb:

Mix the oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and salt and pepper in a large baking dish. Marinate the lamb in this mixture in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

For the fave alla Romano:

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes, or until soft but with no color. Add the pancetta and let brown for 2-3 minutes longer, until well rendered.

Add the beans, season with salt and pepper, and stir. Add the wine and let it evaporate, then add the water and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Heat a grill to high temperature. Remove the lamb chops from the marinade, dragging them across the edge of the container to remove the excess and grill over direct heat, turning once, until browned on both sides and cooked to medium rare, about 3 minutes on each side.

Just before serving, add the parsley to the beans, and serve hot with the lamb chops.

Lamb Chop Shopping Tip

Look for meat that is bright red. Red meat turns paler as the hemoglobin within releases oxygen – a sign that the meat has been sitting too long at the butcher's counter.

Lamb Chop Cooking Tip

When browning meat, resist the urge to move the meat – you must allow a flavorful crust to form over high heat. Once it has formed, the meat should slide freely with the shake of a pan.

Lamb Chop Wine Pairing

Most red wines, especially cabernet sauvignon, but also including cabernet franc, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nebbiolo, nero d'avola, primitivo, barbera, and sangiovese.