Imagine gathering the flavors that to me conjure up Greek food – lamb, black olives, tomatoes, potatoes, lemon, oregano, feta cheese – and tossing them all together then cooking them in the oven in a large baking dish until the meat is tender and juicy, the potatoes a little crisp, the tomatoes bursting with juice. Dinner party worthy.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
4 x loin lamb chops
1 large onion – sliced
2 large cloves garlic – roughly chopped
8 oz. baby tomatoes – halved
2 oz. black olives – pitted and cut in half
12 oz. new potatoes – cut into 1 inch chunks
1 tbsp. each of fresh oregano, thyme, parsley – finely chopped
Juice of half a lemon
3 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 oz. feta cheese – cut into small cubes (optional – I can eat this as it is made from sheep’s milk. I can’t tolerate cow’s milk)
Place the lamb chops in a large baking tray.
Put the tomatoes, olives, potatoes and herbs in a large bowl.
Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and pour over the vegetables. Stir well, cover and leave to marinate for half and hour.
Place vegetables around the lamb chops and cook for an hour – check every so often and give veg. astir.
Add feta cheese (optional) and serve.