Monday, June 21, 2010

My Father's Day Feast

Happy (now belated) Father's Day to all the Dad's out there.  Yesterday, I decided to make my Dad grilled lamb chops, roasted asparagus and tomatoes, and garlic roasted mashed potatoes to celebrate the occasion. Yum!

 

My non-foodie family enjoyed the meal a lot despite apprehension about lamb (they'd never eaten it before) and uncertainty over roasted tomatoes.

I hope that you will try my recipes for lamb marinade and garlic mashed potatoes so that you can recreate this meal for you and yours. No need to wait for Father's Day, this meal looks elegant with minimal effort making it ideal for dinner parties and special occasions.


Lamb Chop Marinade (pictured right):
12 basil leaves
4 springs of rosemary
8 sprigs of thyme
11 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of kosher salt
juice of two lemons
1 cup of olive oil

Put all of the above into a blender and blend until smooth, but bits of herbs are still visible. Allow lamb to marinate in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, preferably longer (I let my chops hang out with the marinade for 5 hours).  Grill chops until medium or medium well, and enjoy!

PS: I think this marinade would also be pretty yummy with chicken breasts.

Garlic Roasted Smashed Potatoes
10 small red potatoes, boiled until soft
8 ounces of heavy cream
4 tablespoons of butter
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 entire head of roasted garlic* 

Use a masher to combine all ingredients until smooth to your preference. I prefer my potatoes a bit more chunky than creamy.

*To roast garlic, place an oil drizzled head of garlic in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until soft when poked.  Remove the garlic from the peels before mashing into the potatoes, but you knew that :)

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