Cider glazed lamb chops

This is an oldie but a goodie. I'm not sure why I never posted these photos or this recipe but I think it's so delicious that you deserve to have it -- 10 months later... 

My sincere apologies for the photos taken in my old apartment with my crappy old point and shoot camera. I figured since fall is quickly approaching (I mean holy crappola, September is less than two weeks away..) and that's when you can find cider in the grocery stores, it is as good a time as any to share this recipe with you.

After looking at this recipe I just realized that I never let the cider glaze completely cool and that's probably why it wasn't as sticky and syrupy as I would've liked. 

Cider-Glazed Lamb Chops
(from Gourmet Magazine - November 2007)

1 cup unfiltered apple cider
2 tablespoons minced peeled ginger
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar (not seasoned)
1 tablespoon mild honey
8 rib lamb chops (3/4 inch thick), cut from 1 rack
1 scallion, finely chopped

Boil cider, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, and honey in a small saucepan until reduced to about 1/4 cup, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely. Reserve 2 tablespoons glaze for drizzling.

Preheat broiler.

Pat lamb chops dry and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt (total). Arrange on rack of a broiler pan and brush top of chops with half of glaze. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat 3 minutes. Turn over and brush with remaining glaze, then broil 3 to 4 minutes more for medium-rare. Transfer chops to a plate and drizzle with reserved glaze. Let stand 5 minutes, then sprinkle with scallion.

The hardest part about this recipe is getting your cider sauce to reduce. It takes some time and the high sugar content makes it susceptible to bubbling over! So just keep stirring and keep your heat on medium-high. (Also, as mentioned above, you might want to let it cool completely to thicken up even more and thus giving you a nice sticky coating on your chops)

Served with an arugula salad, topped with roasted sweet potatoes, goat cheese, bacon, and toasted pine nuts. Yurrrmmmm. My tummy just grumbled. 

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