Cooking the Perfect Mutton Chops

Mutton is the perfect meat for a perfect dish. There are different cuts from which you can choose from. The neck, rack, shoulder, shank, breast, loin, and leg all make great cuts that can be prepared easily.

There is is hardly anything that can go wrong in preparing a mutton cut.

With little effort, anyone can prepare an elegant mutton dish, but to offer some help, we will consider some simple instructions that can guide you to cook the perfect mutton chop on the stovetop, and in the oven.

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MUTTON CHOPS


INGREDIENTS

The quantity of the ingredients will also depend on how many servings you are making. For a standard 4 servings, the following ingredients will be okay.

  • 8 mutton chops (could be from any cut and should weigh around 790 g)
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • ½ teaspoon of thyme
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ cup of broth
  • Nonstick cooking spray


DIRECTIONS

    On a Stovetop

    Firstly, preheat the pan with the nonstick cooking spray.

    To season the meat, mix the spices (salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder, and any other ingredient you like) in a small bowl and then rub the mixture over the two sides of the chops evenly.

    While you can decide to go for any spices of your choice, salt and pepper are absolutely necessary. You can combine them with other spices according to your taste.

    Place the mutton chops on the skillet. When the chops are placed on the pan, they should sizzle immediately. If this is not the case, then the pan may not be hot enough and will require additional heating.

    If they sizzle, however, allow it to cook for about 3.5 to 4 minutes undisturbed. With tongs, flip the chops over for the other side to cook. The side on the pan should have turned brown by this time.

    If they have, then allow the other side the same amount of time on the pan (3.5 to 4 minutes). Once cooked, the chops should be brown on all sides and the juices should run clear.

    Use a tong to transfer the cooked mutton to a serving dish and keep warm.

    Cook the chopped onions in the pan until it caramelize and wilt. This should take about 2 minutes ideally. Pour the broth into the pan and stir steadily. Heat to a boil and allow the juices to thicken slightly.

    The dish is ready. Ladle the sauce over the chops and serve warm.


    In an Oven

    Once you have the entire ingredients ready, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. You should prepare the cooking tray in the process by covering it with the nonstick cooking spray.

    Just like in the case with the stovetop, blend the spices in a little bowl and use the mixture to season the mutton chop by rubbing them on both sides evenly.

    Put the chops inside the pan and sprinkle the onions (chopped). Transfer into the oven and cook for 10 minutes. Using a tong, flip the chops over for the side on top to cook for 10 minutes too.

    Both sides of the meat will turn brown once they are cooked. You can also be certain that the mutton is well cooked once the juices run clear.

    Additionally, you can use a meat thermometer to check if the internal temperature of the meat is up to 68 degrees Celsius (this is for people who are not very conversant with cooking meat).

    The meat is ready for the table with or without the onions. You can equally cook the onions further by transferring them to a preheated skillet.

    You can melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the skillet and cook the onions in it until they are caramelized. Ladle it over the mutton chops and serve warm.



Mutton chops can also be cooked in the slow cooker, or on the grill. Once you are conversant with slow cookers and grilling, this shouldn’t be a hard thing to do.

Slow cooker will take about 4 to 6 hours to cook the meat while grilling takes about 10 to 12 minutes. Each process will eventually lead to a pleasant mutton dish.