Did you ever buy an ingredient with no idea of what to do with it? I bought Lamb Arm Chops (bone-in), the other day, with no idea of how to prepare it. I bought it to cook for my mother-in-law's impending visit, thinking it was a good idea at the time. Then, I quickly realized it is probably not wise to prepare something that I've never tried before in an attempt to impress her. : )
Well, I got to searching the web and stumbled across this recipe. I didn't have all of the ingredients (no carrots-no big deal). I decided to put my own spin on it and the meat ended up falling off the bone...so good.
Here is the low-down on what I did. I started out by rough chopping a sweet onion, a few green onions, the white ends of 5 Leeks, 5 red potatoes (peeled) & 5 stalks of celery. I sauteed these down in a little EVOO. Once the onions started to caramelize, I transferred them to a large baking pan (since I don't have a handy Dutch Oven), then I salt & peppered the Lamb chops after rubbing them down in EVOO. I cranked the heat in the skillet that I'd cooked the veg in and I seared the meat. Next, I placed the chops on top of the vegetables. I poured 32 oz. of Chicken stock into the skillet to loosen the little bits of meat from the searing. I dissolved 2 tbsp. tomato paste into the stock and sprinkled a handful of Rosemary over the meat and vegetables. Once the tomato paste was dissolved, I poured the liquid over the meat and vegetables. I cooked this for two hours @ 350 degrees Fahrenheit. I turned the meat every 30 minutes, never covering it. The vegetables and meat were soooo good!
I served this with French bread. Braising such an awkward cut of meat was a good idea. I think if I grilled the Arm chops, it would have been a disaster.
Good luck in trying this wholesome meal and have a great weekend!
The Kitchen Witch