Lamb chops are a thing of beauty. Readily available and simple to prepare. If you’re looking for a way to turn them into a flavor-packed meal, this Mediterranean Baked Lamb Chops with Root Vegetables is your ticket. And I’m sharing my tips and tricks for ensuring maximum flavor and perfectly cooked lamb chops. Hint: my Mediterranean garlic marinade is key! (low-carb, gluten free dinner.)
We don’t eat a lot of red meat over here, but it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of lamb. It’s my Mediterranean blood for sure!
If we’re talking a big family feast or holiday dinner, it’s definitely leg of lamb or these glorious wine-braised lamb shanks. But on weeknights, I’m much more likely to do a skillet lamb rack chops or lamb t-bone chops like in today’s recipe.
Lamb chops (or lamb loin chops) are the most readily available cut of lamb out there. Their T-bone shape and perfect size (3 to 4 ounces a piece) makes them great for dinner. They’re simple to prepare grilled, baked, or even pan-fried.
It’s easy to turn a few lamb chops into a complete feast. Case in point, this sheet pan dinner of baked lamb chops and root vegetables. A comforting dinner perfect for this cooler we’ve been having!
It didn’t hurt that I had an acorn squash needing to be used, so that went in too! Acorn squash is not essential to this recipe. If it’s not available, you can omit it and add a third root vegetable next to the sweet potatoes and carrots.
How to Make this Baked Lamb Chops Recipe
1-To make this sheet pan dinner, I like to start by salting the lamb chops and letting them rest in room temperature for a few minutes while I prep the vegetables. This gives salt a little more time to flavor and tenderize the chops. I use natural kosher salt for this step.
2- Next comes the marinade, which is what really infuses both the vegetables and lamb with tons of great flavor. The marinade starts with quality extra virgin olive oil, a whole head of garlic, and a few warm spices: allspice, paprika, and nutmeg. Veggies get a quick coating first.
Then, before adding the lamb chops to marinate, we must add citrus. I chose white wine vinegar here.
Pro tip: While the EVOO provides juiciness and the spices provide flavor, we need the added citrus from the white wine vinegar to help break down the lamb chops so that the spices penetrate more deeply.
4- Because root vegetables and squash will take longer to bake, they go in the hot oven first for about 15 to 20 minutes or. Lamb chops will not need more than 10 minutes in the 400 degrees F heated-oven, so they are added later. I like to give them a quick browning on both sides before adding the lamb chops to my sheet pan.
As soon as I take the sheet pan out, I like to drizzle a little quality honey to balance all the flavors out. An optional step, but I highly recommend it.
What to serve with this Baked Lamb Chops dinner
The beauty of sheet pan dinners is that you don’t really need to do much else to complete the meal. I love a drizzle of tahini sauce on my lamb chops (completely optional.) And to start, I like to do a big bright salad (see some amazing salads here)
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Sheet Pan Mediterranean Baked Lamb Chops with Root Vegetables. A special marinade with quality EVOO, garlic and warm spices adds all the flavor. Gluten Free.
- 8 lamb chops, each about 1 1/2 inch in thickness
- Kosher salt
- 1 Acorn Squash (if available, or a similar squash)
- 1 head garlic (about 12 to 14 cloves), peeled and minced
- 1/3 cup Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil, more if needed
- 2 1/2 tsp ground allspice, divided
- 2 tsp black pepper, divided
- 1 1/2 tsp sweet Spanish paprika, divided
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg, divided
- 1 large red onion, peeled, halved then thickly sliced
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 2 carrots, peeled, cut into large pieces
- 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
- Fresh parsley for garnish
To serve along:
- 1 Tahini Sauce Recipe (optional)
- Salt lamb chops. Season lamb chops with Kosher salt on both sides. Set aside at room temperature while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Prepare Acorn Squash. Microwave the acorn squash for 1 to 2 minutes (this helps soften it a bit for cutting.) Handle carefully. When cool enough to handle, place acorn squash on a cutting board. Cut stem off, and trim both ends about 1/4 inch. Cut acorn squash in half crosswise, and scoop out the seeds. Now, take each half and cut into 1/2-inch thick rings.
- Make marinade. In a large bowl, combine minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp allspice, 1 tsp black pepper, 3/4 tsp paprika, and 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg. Mix well. (leave rest of spices for later.)
- Dip Vegetables in Marinade. Add the vegetables (sliced acorn squash, onions, sweet potatoes, and carrots) to the marinade bowl with the garlic marinade (you may need to do this in stages.) Give them a quick toss, then transfer vegetables to a large sheet pan. Season with kosher salt.
- Marinate Lamb. To the marinade bowl, add more extra virgin olive oil. Add white wine vinegar, and the remaining spices. Mix well. Add lamb chops in and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate.
- Bake Vegetables. Place vegetables in heated oven and bake for 15 minutes or so.
- Brown Lamb then Add to Vegetable Pan. When 15 minutes have passed, remove the vegetables from oven and set near you (leave oven on.) Heat a little bit of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add lamb and brown on both sides (about 3 minutes per side.) Transfer lamb to the vegetable pan, and return to heated oven to bake for 10 minutes (lamb will be medium-rare to medium. Bake a little longer for medium-well.)
- Drizzle with honey. When ready, remove pan from oven and immediately drizzle honey all over the lamb and vegetables. Garnish with parsley.
- Serve immediately with tahini sauce, if you like. A bright salad is a good addition to start this meal.
- Recipe note: If acorn squash is not available to you, you can eliminate it and use more of the sweet potatoes and carrots or add another root vegetable.
- Pro tip: Salt the lamb chops before you do anything else to allow the salt some time to flavor and tenderize the lamb chops.
- Pro tip: While the extra virgin olive oil provides juiciness, and the spices provide flavor, we need the added citrus from the white wine vinegar to help break down the lamb chops so that the spices penetrate more deeply. That’s why the white wine vinegar is added to the marinade at a later point.
- Recipe Note: Store leftovers in fridge for up to 3 days. Heat in medium-heated oven as needed.
- Used in this Recipe: Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives.) And from our all-natural spices: allspice, paprika, and nutmeg.
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