Pistachio and Goat Cheese Crusted Lamb

Pistachio and Goat Cheese Crusted Lamb
Staff Writer

Cooking Planit

Created by Cooking Planit's culinary director chef Emily Wilson, this recipe reinvents the lamb chop. blend of fresh oregano and salty pistachio nuts proves to be the perfect crust to a tender lamb chop in this recipe. There's no flour and eggs in this recipe, though, because it uses creamy and decadent goat cheese to get the breading to stick. 

Ingredients

  • 1/4  Cup  fresh oregano
  • 1  Cup  shelled pistachios
  • bone-in lamb chops, frenched
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4  Ounces  goat cheese
  • 2  Tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4  Cup  balsamic syrup

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, blend the oregano and pistachios together until fine and crumbly. 
 
Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil. Pat the lamb chops dry, then season with salt and pepper. Place the lamb chops on the oiled baking sheet. Using a butter knife, spread a layer of goat cheese over the top of each chop. Spread the cheese so it is smooth and evenly covers the chops. Press the pistachio mixture into the cheese, forming a crust. Drizzle about ½ teaspoon of the olive oil over the top of each chop.
 
Place the lamb chops in the preheated oven. Bake for 8-9 minutes for medium rare or 1-2 minutes longer for more well done. Transfer 2 pistachio and goat cheese crusted lamb chops to dinner plates. Drizzle with balsamic syrup and serve warm.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
6g
7%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
10mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
19g
15%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
5µg
6%
Calcium, Ca
48mg
5%
Choline, total
14mg
3%
Folate, total
30µg
8%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
8mg
3%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
87mg
12%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
260mg
17%
Water
19g
1%

Pistachio Shopping Tip

Whenever possible, purchase whole, not presliced or chopped nuts. They have a longer shelf life.

Pistachio Cooking Tip

Toasting your nuts helps release essential oils and intensifies their flavor.