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Cardamom Dusted Lamb Chops with Rich Vanilla Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Makes 8 appetizer servings.

A taste is all you need of this luxurious lamb appetizer which pairs two exquisite ingredients -- slightly sweet floral cardamom and rich, full-bodied vanilla.


   Cardamom Dusted Lamb Chops:

  2 Tbs light brown sugar

  1 Tbs McCormick® Gourmet Collection Cardamom, Ground

  1 1/2 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Cumin, Ground

  1 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Cinnamon, Saigon

  3/4 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Ginger, Ground

  8 loin lamb chops (1 to 1 1/2-inch thick)

  2 Tbs olive oil

  2 Tbs minced fresh garlic

  1 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Sicilian Sea Salt

  1/4 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Black Pepper, Coarse Grind

   Rich Vanilla Sauce:

  3 Tbs butter, divided

  2 cups sliced mixed shiitake and cremini (baby bella) mushrooms

  1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots

  2 Tbs balsamic vinegar

  1 cup chicken broth

  2 Tbs heavy cream

  1 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Organic Vanilla Extract, Pure Madagascar

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For the Lamb Chops, mix sugar, cardamom, cumin, cinnamon and ginger in small bowl. Brush lamb chops with oil. Coat with garlic, then spice mixture. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

For the Vanilla Sauce, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add mushrooms; cook and stir 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from skillet. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in same skillet on medium heat. Add shallots; cook and stir 2 minutes or until softened. Stir in balsamic vinegar and chicken broth. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 15 minutes or until sauce is reduced by half and slightly thickened. Stir in cream, vanilla and mushrooms. Simmer until heated through.

Meanwhile, season lamb chops with sea salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until desired doneness, turning once. Serve lamb chops with Vanilla Sauce.