I hesitated to cook a meal from Month of Dinners for the same reason I rarely cook anything other than pasta these days—our smoke detector. I live in a fairly small apartment and our “kitchen” basically consists of a sink, fridge and stove in the entry hallway. We make do with a cutting board over the sink as “counter space” (tonight’s simple set of ingredients fill it up!) and the stove can’t hold more than two pots or pans at once. But all of these challenges are nothing compared to the hard-wired smoke detector just a few feet from the stove. Recipes that call for roasting, broiling or pan frying require two people—one to cook and the other to fan wildly on a stool under the smoke detector to stop the insanely loud beeping which almost always starts at a critical point in the recipe.
But in the spirit of overcoming our dinnertime challenges, I joined up and decided n a recipe I wouldn’t normally make, even if pan frying was involved. The Lamb Chops with Roasted Broccoli and Feta fit the bill. Whenever I have lamb at a restaurant I’m struck by how simple and flavorful it can be, so I had high hopes for trying it at home.
I have to say, this had to be one of the easiest meals I’ve ever made. Prep included washing and cutting broccoli and parsley and took all of 2 minutes. Roasting the broccoli was easy enough, and even though I forgot to toss it in the middle, it was still cooked evenly. Pan frying meat usually makes me nervous since I never know if the meat is cooked, but the times in the recipe were just right since the lamb was the sliced at the required thickness.
The only trick to this meal was timing the serving. The broccoli was done just before the lamb so we tossed in the feta before the lamb was finished and by the time we sat down the broccoli had gotten cold. In the future, we will keep the broccoli in the oven until just before we serve it.
In the end, we had a lovely meal, and miraculously, the smoke detector didn’t go off at all!