Lamb Chops with Pumpkin Apple Chutney

Lamb Chops with Pumpkin Apple Chutney

Every year I get a little nostalgic around October. I miss the change of the season, cheap the way the air becomes clean and chilly, steroids the turning of the leaves and the faint smell of firewood. But soon enough, I start hearing about Nor’easters and the dreaded “Wintry Mix” and all my nostalgia goes away because it’s bright and sunny and 70 degrees out.

Lamb Chops with Pumpkin Apple Chutney

Even if we don’t get Fall in Miami, we do get Fall ingredients. There’s nothing I love more than winter squashes and apples and dried fruit. So this weekend, I got my Fall on by making Pumpkin Apple Chutney for my lamb chops. It was sweet and spicy, but had a nice bite of lime, red onion and jalapeño. I also added some sweetened tart cherries and fresh mint. A great way to incorporate Fall into my life, even while I ate on my balcony in shorts and flip flops.

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  1. This looks like the perfect fall meal! I can’t wait to try it!

  2. This really looks delicious, I love how you incorporated your Miami flare in there! What would you serve on the side? Thanks and I enjoyed reading your post (I’m a Bostonian :D).

  3. lamb chops and pumpkin. wow! this looks so delicious!

  4. This looks amazing and the flavors are so unique…I love lamb and pumpkin!

  5. Thanks everyone!

    Paula – I served it with a scallion and almond rice pilaf.

  6. Where in New England did you live, Mel?

  7. Samantha – I lived in Boston for 4 years while I was in school. I love New England and still have lots of friends there. One of them owns a hotel in Old Orchard Beach, ME and we visit every year. It’s a beautiful state!

  8. What a great sounding chutney….I bet this is fabulous with pork as well! I have some tenderloins in the fridge that I’m going to use this with. – S

  9. Ok, this is possibly a really stupid question, but don’t lamb chops normally only have one bone? Did you just french them, making what normally looks like just one bone into what is actually two separate bones? Or did you ask your butcher for a particular kind of lamb chop? I really like the way these look, and I would feel like such an idiot asking a butcher, “hey, could I get some lamb chops with, you know, the two bones sticking out of them…” Thanks for helping me save face :) And the pumpkin apple chutney looks amazing!

  10. Megan – These are exactly how they were in the Whole Foods case. I think they’d have been too thin if they had just the one bone, but it wasn’t a special request. I wouldn’t feel embarrassed about asking the butcher though – that’s their job!

  11. Just tried this! Here’s my field report (note: I am a real beginner in the kitchen)

    Overall: amazing! The jalapeno gave the chutney a nice bite.

    I made a couple of mistakes along the way. First time round, I burnt the onions while they were being sautéed on their own. Not sure what I did wrong: either didn’t add enough olive oil, didn’t stir them around enough, or chopped them too finely.

    Also, I added too much water to the simmering pot, making my chutney come out a little watery. Refrigerating it helped address this. Chilled chutney was a great touch! I served mine over brown rice.

    Lastly, on the one bone or two bone question, I think different butchers cut them different ways. Mine were single bone, which means you have to adjust the cooking time. I did 4 minutes and 2.5 minutes to get them medium rare.

  12. Lamb is my favorite meat. I’m so glad to see so many lamb recipes on your blog.
    The chutney seems like it would be very refreshing with the added lime, mint, and
    jalapeño pepper.

    Good lamb is hard to find unless I drive to Metro Atlanta area, so, for now, I have all the ingredients to make the chutney and will serve it with pork chops tomorrow evening.

  13. I will totally be trying this one! Looks fabulous.

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