Sloppy Joes and Lamb Chops with Marsala Blackberry Sauce (but not at the same time)
4/29/2012 4:09:00 PM
If you make one recipe...make Guy Fieri's Sloppy Joes. They are amazing and addicting. Make. Them. I then used the leftovers to put on pasta. Pretty good. But in the grand scheme of things...make the Joe's. They were the best Sloppy Joe's I have EVER HAD. No big story. No big whoop. Just great food.
Now, on to the Lamb Chops with Marsala Blackberry Sauce. First, some advice. Always cook with Sweet Marsala if you have to do a marsala recipe. Dry marsala will end up tasting like NOTHING (I tried a variation on Guy's Chicken Marsala using dry marsala...bad idea)
I do not normally eat lamb (I am not a huge fan), and the only way I was going to is if I was making it for someone who likes lamb...and that would be my mother (though my dad was over too) They were nice enough to stop and get the lamb chops on their way up here to Sonoma County. They stopped at a Mediterranean market in the East Bay and got some very good quality meat.
The thing is this - the lamb has to be marinated ahead of time - which of course I ALWAYS NEGLECT! Then, I sit down to try to make the recipe (well, actually, I am not sitting, I am standing in my kitchen) and I realize I am WAY BEHIND because I have not marinated the stupid meat.
Fortunately in this case, the marinade was easy (just olive oil and green olive tapenade) and it only took an hour. But this is not the first time I haven't paid attention to the need to marinate the meat. Will I EVER learn? So, we didn't end up eating until like a quarter to 9. My parents are pretty relaxed and late eaters - so they were cool with it. But dang.
For this recipe, you have to work out a system. You will have to dredge your lamb chops in egg and panko bread crumbs and then put them on the grill- AND be sure not to crowd them. SO - as they are cooking (and you can't cook them for very long) you have to dredge the next batch, then take the cooked batch off the grill and put them in the oven to keep warm. You must make a system. My system was of course complicated by the fact that either my grill pan or my burner is somehow crooked and the oil kept puddling to one side. Nice.
Also - for me, anyways - the kitchen will get VERY SMOKY. This makes me nervous as my house has a sprinkler system in it. Dano (the afternoon guy on Froggy) Did inform me that the sprinkler will only go off if there are flames... still, it made me edgy. But then, maybe the smoke was an indication that I was doing something wrong.
All turned out well though - and we ended up having a great dinner. Although, my baked potatoes and asparagus were overcooked - over all the presentation and taste were pretty good.
The lamb was good too - and like I said - I am not a fan of lamb. But it was tender and with the panko...well you could hardly tell it was lamb.
My parents were pleased with the dinner (and I am pretty sure they weren't just saying that) which is good - because breakfast the next morning turned in to a full on catastrophe. You see, what I was trying to do was to make Heart Healthy Bisquick Pancakes with strawberries. The Bisquick calls for an egg in the batter...but you see I cannot STAND making pancakes with eggs in them. I can taste the egg...it tastes all poultry like.
So, I left out the egg - and I think it messed up the batter (although, I have tried to make these before and they turned out somewhat edible) The batter would NOT cook through and for the pancakes that DID cook through - they were burned. SO - I balled the pancakes up in my hands and heaved them in the garbage...leaving my parents with scrambled egg whites and slightly stale toast for breakfast.
I really want to find Fiber One pancake mix again...with a little cinnamon and vanilla...that stuff is somewhat palatable if you want a healthy pancake.
So -on that note - I am off. I need to figure out which recipe to do next out of the book...and I am not even quite sure. AND I should count and see how many I have done. It's been almost a year since I've started!
Happy Cooking - and try not to heave batter around your kitchen...