I recently discovered how versatile beer is for cooking. I typically fall back on IPAs, pale ales or anything with hops. Though, with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I decided to break out the Guinness and make these Braised Guinness Lamb Chops with Rosemary Sweet Potatoes. I have been cooking with beer frequently, and have been pleased with the results (check out this Slow Cooker Beer Chicken to see what I mean). This recipe did NOT disappoint either. The sauce was rich and tangy, and the lamb was tender. It was exactly what I was looking for in a St. Patrick’s Day recipe.
The recipe is easy to make too. It’s what I would call an “easy braise” – you will be done in about an hour. Plus, you’re idle for most of that hour so you can enjoy it hanging with friends or watching The Office like I did.
Braising is basically two steps:
- Searing the meat
- Cooking it slowly in a shallow liquid for a long time
That’s really it. So to start, I coated my lamb with salt, pepper and garlic.
You could always add the garlic later, but personally I like when the garlic gets seared into the lamb. You just have to be careful not to burn the garlic. That’s the worst.
After searing the lamb on both sides for about a minute, I added the rest of my ingredients. Let the braising begin.
While the lamb is cooking, you can start with your sweet potatoes.
I like to keep it simple, so I went for a two ingredient side. The recipe is below, but all you do is shallow boil sweet potatoes with rosemary in some water. That’s it. The Braised Guinness Lamb Chops are packed with flavor, so you want the side dish to be a role player. That’s what these sweet potatoes are, the perfect Dennis Rodman.
When the lamb, potatoes and The Office are done, carve it up and serve.
Lamb and potatoes, it doesn’t get much more Irish than that! Need something to wash down these Braised Guinness Lamb Chops with? Check out my Irish Coffee Recipe with Coconut Whipped Cream.
Let’s get economical with this Braised Guinness Lamb Chops recipe with Rosemary Sweet Potatoes:
- 0.5 lb lamb loin chops – $4.49
- 2 clove garlic – $0.20
- 1 tbsp butter – $0.06
- Salt and Pepper
- 8 oz of Guinness beer – $1.0
- 1 tbsp ketchup – $0.05
- 2 tsp brown sugar – $0.06
- Some baby carrots (10-15) – $1.00
The grand total is $6.86, or $3.43 per serving.
Add in the Rosemary Sweet Potatoes:
- 1 sweet potato – $1.59
- 1 tsp rosemary – $0.33
- 1/2 tbsp butter – $0.03
Brings the total to $8.81, or $4.40 per serving.
I hope you enjoy this Braised Guinness Lamb Chops with Rosemary Sweet Potatoes! Happy St. Patrick’s Day.