Lamb Chop brain fart (for my anniversary dinner)
My and my wife's anniversary is tomorrow (4 years) and I read somewhere that the 4 year anniversary gift is lamb (okay, so it's not, but lamb chops were on sale today and I figured that it would be better than nylon or silk).
So I have the lamb, however that's about all I got.
I have spent an hour or so looking through chowhound and epicurious for good side ideas for starch/veg, but haven't found anything.
I was originally thinking that I'd saute (I wish I had a grill, but I don't) double boned chops and then deglaze the pan and serve over roasted pimentone roasted sweet potatoes (or vanilla sweet mashers) with the jus.
I got nothin' for the sauce or the veg, and am not really stoked on the starch, but will do it in a pinch if we can't come up with something better.
Not gonna do mint (never understood that combination).
Help me chowhound, you are my only hope.
PS: our grocery stores suck here (we don't have any specialty markets like wholefoods, or even co-ops) so while I'd love to get something like figs, I'm not gonna be able to. Would love to do a roasted fig demi glace, but it's not gonna happen.
Also, if you have the best idea for an anniversary/sexy dessert, please HELP!
I would broil the chops and serve with a lemon wedge - maybe some roasted potatoes or a potato gratin. Something green or a salad. How about a chocolate molten cake for dessert.
It does involve mint, but I really liked this recipe and the mint is a fresh mint in combination with a number of other flavors, not a sweet mint jelly sort of thing at all (although I apologize if it has ingredients beyond the scope of your not very good grocery stores...).