White Toasts with Minty Mashed Peas & Scottadito Lamb Chops

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white toasts minty mashed peas scottadito lamb chops
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Recipe by Rachael Ray

I like to eat these chops with my hands, but be careful: Scottadito means “burned finger.” 

  • 4Servings


  • 8 medium frenched (bone scraped clean) lamb rib chops, meat pounded to 1/4 inch thick
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 1/4 cup EVOO
  • 3 tbsp. capers, drained and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed or finely chopped
  • 4 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • 8 leaves fresh sage, sliced
  • 1 lemon, zested (1  1/2 tsp.) and juiced (4 tbsp.)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 large shallots or 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. shelled fresh peas, or frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup (a fat handful) fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (a fat handful) grated Pecorino Romano
  • 4 slices (1 inch thick) good-quality white bread


1. Heat a cast-iron griddle, skillet or grill over high.

2. Season the lamb on both sides with salt and pepper. In a shallow dish, mix the EVOO, capers, garlic, anchovies, sage and lemon zest; add the lamb and turn to coat evenly.

3. In a large skillet with a lid, melt the butter over medium-high. When it foams [1, above], add the shallots and cook, stirring constantly, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the peas and stock; season and partially cover. Reduce the heat; simmer until the peas are crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add 2 tbsp. lemon juice. Using a potato masher or a fork, coarsely mash the pea mixture [2, above], then mix in the mint and cheese.

4. Working in batches, if needed, add the chops to the cast-iron griddle and cook until charred, about 3 minutes per side [3, above]. Transfer to a plate; drizzle with the remaining 2 tbsp. lemon juice. 

5. Toast the bread in a wide-slot toaster or under the broiler until golden. 

6. Top the toasts with a fat slather of the mashed peas. Arrange the lamb chops on top of the toasts, allowing them to spill onto the plate.