Lavender-Rubbed Lamb Chops with Bitter Greens Salad
Lamb loin chops are sometimes overshadowed by rib chops or a rack of lamb but they can be extremely tender and flavorful. Tia Harrison of Avedano's butcher shop in San Francisco rubs them with lavender and orange zest and serves them with a perfect fall salad of bitter greens tossed with roasted hazelnuts and crunchy, fruity pomegranate seeds. This aromatic rub would also be terrific on a butterflied leg of lamb—great for dinner parties. More Amazing Lamb Recipes
Lavender and lamb bring to mind garrigue, the term used to describe the aromatic herbs and shrubs that grow near France's Mediterranean coast. The term is also used to describe an herbal, fragrant quality often found in red wines from Mediterranean regions like Provence and the Rhône valley; many of which are ideal partners for these juicy chops. Try the spicy, aptly named, Domaine la Garrigue Cuvée Romaine Côtes du Rhône or the raspberry-scented Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône.