It's Time for Your Celebration!
FYI, do NOT pop the cork out of the champagne bottle. That is kind of cheesy. The proper way to open champagne is to ease the cork out of the bottle so that it kind of quickly "sighs" when you open it. This method preserves the bubbles in the bottle.
When your guest arrives, invite him or her to join you in the kitchen. Get comfortable and open the champagne. Serve the crudite and graciously accept the compliments for the creative presentation of the vegetables. While you are relaxing you will do the final dinner preparations.
Bake the Scalloped Potatoes
Place the scalloped potatoes in the preheated 375 degree oven. Set your oven timer for 25 minutes.
When the timer goes off, it's your signal to sear your lamb chops. Reset your oven timer for 20 minutes. The potatoes stay in the oven.
There is always a question of when you should start to cook your meal. You have a glass of wine and you are relaxing, chatting and enjoying each others company. I'd say it's usually 20-30 minutes before you begin preparing dinner. You don't want to rush things yet you don't want the evening to drag. My experience is that you will know the right moment to start.
Sear the Lamb Chops
Melt butter in 12 inch saute pan on medium high heat. When the butter is bubbly add the lamb chops and sear for 4 minutes on each side. Do not touch them once they are in the pan. You need to allow the crust to form before flipping them. After you have seared both sides of the chops, place them in a baking pan in the same oven as the potatoes. Add to the saute pan 3 tbsp of butter. Do not turn the heat on uner the pan yet.
Toss the Salad
Whisk the salad dressing and toss it with the baby spinach leaves. Plate the salad, garnish with 6 blackberries each. Refrigerate the plated salads.
I want to jump in here a second. Sue convinced me I should make these lamb chops and I'll admit I was intimidated but thought: "what the heck, I'll give it a shot". Then I saw what lamb chops cost and thought "if I mess this up it will be one expensive mistake". If you don't feel confident cooking the lamb chops, you can make the exact recipe with thick boneless center cut pork chops and they are delicious.
Everyday Divas Celebrations
with Mimi and Sue
Do Valentine's Day