A motto to live by is “Fresh is always BEST!” Especially when it comes to cooking. Fresh means color, flavor and nutrition.
That is the motto that I was living by when I could not help but snatch up this living watercress and mint that I found at the store. These fresh ingredients inspired me to grab some lamb. If you have never prepared lamb before, this quick recipe is super flavorful and sophisticated. Sophisticated because it is a simple and clean dish that lets all the ingredients shine.
Lamb with Orange Sauce and Watercress & Mint Salad
3 lamb chops
3 oranges, peel removed and sliced
1 tsp balsamic glaze
1/4 cup of water (only if needed, as orange juice may evaporate too quickly)
1 pat of butter
salt and pepper to taste
2 bunches of watercress
1 bunch of mint
Juice from 1/2 a meyer lemon
a good drizzle of olive oil
I started by simply seasoning the chops with some sea salt and pepper before searing them in a pan with some olive oil.
As soon as the lamb was cooked to medium rare (yep, I love my bloody meat), I took the lamb out to rest and threw three freshly sliced oranges into the sizzling pan.
With a pinch of salt and a douse of balsamic glaze (and a splash of water if your oranges evaporate too quickly), cook until the pulp is all loosened. Time to use a sieve.
Once I smooshed the pulp until all the juice was released, I added a pat of butter and gave it a good stir until it melted into my orange sauce.
With the lamb and sauce ready, it was time for a crazy quick side salad that would balance the rich meat with a bright, fresh flavor.
All I did was dress my fresh watercress and mint with a pinch of sea salt, a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Yum!
Bon apetit and happy fresh eating this 2015!