Sep 06 2008

Eclectic Kitchen™: Gourmet Meal without the Gourmet Fuss

Fresh Rosemary in the Eclectic Kitchen Herb Garden

Fresh Rosemary in the Eclectic Kitchen Herb Garden

 

 

 

 

Love gourmet food but don’t have time to fuss with the gourmet process? I hear ya! I am so tired sometimes I almost, that is almost, feel too tired to eat – let alone prepare a gourmet meal. I certainly don’t think eating fast food or a bowl of cereal is going to make me “feel better,” either. I love gourmet food but suffer from ADD so I have no patience when it comes to preparing it or waiting around for this step or that step so I have figured out how to get gourmet food flavors without the gourmet food wait and processes. This is a seriously quick gourmet meal. You will not believe how quickly it comes together, how divine it tastes and truly it is fairly low in fat unlike a lot of gourmet. I opt for light cream and light butter and you’re using so little to start out, quite in keeping with — everything in moderation.

 

 

Fresh Basil & Sage in the Eclectic Kitchen Herb Garden

Fresh Basil & Sage in the Eclectic Kitchen Herb Garden

 

 

 

I adore lamb so when I saw these lamb blade chops, I jumped at the chance to do something other than a typical leg of lamb.  After washing them, sprinkle fresh cracked pepper over them and press it in.  You’ll want to squeeze the lemon from the lemon you’ll zest first for the Citrus Creamed Spinach  you’ll have with this, over them. Once that’s done, slather Dijon mustard all over, then sprinkle them with dried thyme, basil, rosemary & sage. Then place a few fresh sprigs of rosemary, thyme & basil on top of them as they grill. A few minutes per side on a hot grill is all it takes to grill them to perfection. Serve them with the Citrus Creamed Spinach (recipe below) and a bowl of mixed fruit for a well rounded gourmet meal. This meal is done in no time and it is so incredible.  A nice glass of wine and you’re dining at Chez Gourmet.  Bon Appetit!

Fresh Baby Spinach

Fresh Baby Spinach

Citrus Creamed Spinach

12 cups fresh baby spinach

1/2 cup light cream (If you like your spinach wetter you can add ¼ cup)

2 teaspoons orange zest, finely grated  (Put the orange segments in your mixed fruit bowl)

2 teaspoons lemon zest, finely grated  (Use the lemon on the lamb blade chops)

2 teaspoons light butter

1/2 cup minced shallots

pinch of nutmeg

sea salt, to taste

Optional – 4 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted   

Heat butter over medium heat in sauté pan and add shallots. Cook until shallots are translucent. Add spinach and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Add cream & citrus zest to spinach and cook until thickened, stirring occasionally.  Season with a pinch of nutmeg and sea salt to taste.  Garnish with sliced almonds.

 

Grilled Lamb w/Citrus Creamed Spinach

Grilled Lamb w/Citrus Creamed Spinach

 

 

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