Lamb shoulder chops or blade chops are seared before being cooked in a delicious and boldly flavoured red wine, garlic and tomato sauce.
Cooking this dish takes around an hour but you spend just 15 minutes in the kitchen and then you can kick back for 45 minutes whilst your dinner fills the house with a wonderful aroma!
Lamb Blade Chops in a Rich Tomato Sauce
I adore lamb, it is the meat I missed the most when I spent 13 years living in central Europe.
These wonderful lamb shoulder chops are gently cooked in a bold but really simple red wine, tomato and garlic sauce.
Fortunately, lamb blade chops or steaks are less of an imposition on the wallet than the cuts mentioned above.
You are rewarded with a piece of meat that has a wonderful flavour, it just needs a little more cooking.
Its strong flavour means it can stand up to the big sauce, which is why I often favour diced lamb shoulder when I make a lamb curry!
You’ll love this dish, it feels old school and comforting but has a bit of something about it that makes it feel special.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are lamb shoulder chops?
Sometimes called blade chops, they are slices of meat taken across the shoulder. The meat needs longer cooking and comes on the bone, it is absolutely delicious!
Can I use “normal” lamb chops?
Not really, lamb loin chops are very lean and lend themselves to quick cooking, they will become tough if cooked as long as they are in this recipe.
Can I use other cuts of lamb?
This recipe works well with lamb legs steaks, both on and off the bone.
What is tomato passata?
This question is often asked by US based visitors. Passata is a smooth tomato product that is essentially sieved and pressed tomatoes, nothing else no seasonings and is called tomato puree in the US I believe.
It makes wonderful smooth sauces and I love the stuff!
Should I use a specific red wine?
Only in the way that you should use a wine that you are OK with drinking. I like to use something bold like cabernet sauvignon, syrah or malbec.
Sticking with the potato vibe though, the richly flavoured red wine and tomato sauce is superb with crispy potatoes.
If I were to go full-on indulgent then I would go all out and add some fondant potatoes!
I only recommend specific equipment brands if they make a material difference to a recipe. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.
- Small 15cm or 6″ saucepan.
- Chopping Board.
- Sharp kitchen knife.
- 28cm or 11″ skillet or frying pan with a lid. You can use foil instead of a lid if you wish.
- Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
These delicious and simple lamb shoulder chops are seared and then cooked slowly in a simple red wine and tomato passata sauce.
- 2 (400g in Total) Lamb Shoulder Chops
- 375ml (½ Bottle) Red Wine
- 6 Garlic Cloves
- 250ml (1 Cup) Tomato Passata
- 125ml (½ Cup) Lamb Stock
- ¼ Tsp Coarse Sea Salt
- ¼ Tsp Black Pepper
- 3 Anchovy Fillets
- 35g (2 Tbsp) Butter
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Place a small (15-16cm or 6") saucepan over a high heat, add the wine and reduce by half. This will take approximately 15 minutes.
- Bash the garlic cloves (Don't bother peeling them) and throw them into the wine whilst it is reducing.
- Once the wine has reduced pour in the tomato passata, and lamb stock and then bring it to a simmer, then turn off the heat.
- Whilst the sauce is coming to a simmer heat a 28cm or 11" deep-sided frying pan over a high-medium heat. When the pan is hot add the oil.
- Season the lamb with the salt and pepper, place in the pan and sear until nicely coloured on one side.
- Flip the lamb and add the butter and anchovies and cook for two minutes basting the top with the butter as it foams.
- Pour over the sauce, reduce the heat to low and a lid, then cook gently for 25 minutes.
- Remove the lid and cook for a further 20 minutes to allow the sauce to reduce a little.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 752Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 232mgSodium: 1277mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 61g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.