- 1 quart chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), 2 turns of the pan, plus more for drizzling
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 cup arborio rice
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 4 loin lamb chops (1 1/2 inches thick)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup black cherry preserves
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper (eyeball it in your palm)
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, a couple of handfuls
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus sprigs for garnish
- A handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Place the broth in a small saucepan and keep warm over medium-low heat. Preheat the broiler to high.
Heat 1 tablespoon of EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, with 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, then add the rice and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine and cook it away. Add a few ladles of broth, stirring occasionally and adding more as needed until the risotto is starchy, creamy and al dente, about 22 minutes.
Ten minutes before the risotto is done, drizzle the chops with EVOO, season with salt and pepper and arrange on a slotted broiler pan. Place 6 to 8 inches under the broiler and cook for about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
Meanwhile, place a small pan over medium heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, and the shallot and cook for 2 minutes, then add the preserves, balsamic vinegar and cracked black pepper, and whisk together. Heat to a bubble, then remove from the heat and whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.
When the risotto is cooked, stir in the peas. Add the cheese, chopped mint and parsley and turn off the heat. Season with salt to taste. Place a serving of risotto in each of 2 shallow dinner plates. Arrange 2 chops alongside each risotto serving and drizzle with the black cherryblack pepper glaze. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.