Lamb Chops with Prune Chutney
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 8 shallots, cut in half lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup Homemade Chicken Stock Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 18 bite-size prunes, or 6 large pitted prunes, quartered
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, plus sprigs for garnish
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 rib lamb chops, 3/4 inch thick
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
To make chutney, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add sugar and shallots and cook until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Add vinegar and cook until evaporated. Add stock, cranberries, prunes, 1 teaspoon of the chopped rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until shallots are tender and liquid is reduced by three quarters, about 5 minutes. Keep warm.
Season lamb chops with salt, pepper, and the remaining chopped rosemary. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chops, and sautÃ© until brown on the bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and cook until a meat thermometer reads 110 degrees.(for medium rare) and chops are evenly browned, 3 to 4 minutes more. Garnish lamb with rosemary sprigs, and serve with the chutney.