I wanted to make something in the spirit of Valentine's Day but didn't want to go the route of the typical sweet dessert. So I decided to make a nice romantic dinner instead. I pan seared some delicious lamb chops and made a sauce with Lindeman's Framboise, a Belgian raspberry lambic. To go with it, I roasted potatoes along with fresh thyme. I often make potatoes like this when in need of a quick side dish. So easy, yet delicious. All you do is chop up some potatoes (you don't even have to peel them), drizzle with olive oil, season generously with salt, garlic powder, and fresh thyme. Then bake until golden brown.
So I think this dish counts as Valentine's Day themed, right? That pretty ruby color really pulls it through. The sweet and slightly acidic beer does a nice job of balancing the savory meat and potatoes, and the effervescence makes for a nice palate cleanser that makes you want to keep going back for another bite of lamb. Very enjoyable dinner. In my experience, the key to knowing your pairing is good is when you want to keep going back and forth between the beer and the dish.
Lindeman's Framboise is ideal for Valentine's Day. It pours such a pretty red color and has a sweet raspberry aroma. The combination of the effervescence, sweetness, and tartness would make a perfect pairing for a decadent chocolate dessert as well.
Here is a super technical overview (not really) of how I made this dish.
- lamb chops
- red potatoes
- olive oil
- onion or shallots, finely chopped
- garlic powder
- raspberries, fresh or frozen
- fresh thyme
- garlic, minced
Preheat oven to 375. Chop potatoes and arrange on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Season generously with salt and garlic powder. Add plenty of fresh thyme (you can just pull gently down the stem against the grain and the leaves will come right off). Bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Sprinkle with some more thyme after baking.
Melt some butter along with olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic to the pan. Simmer for about a minute. Turn the heat to high. Add the lamb chops, cooking for a few minutes per side, until nice and browned on the outside. Turn off heat and remove the lamb from the pan (you can cover them with aluminum foil so they stay warm). Splash in some of the framboise to deglaze the pan (oooh it looks so pretty at this point). Add in the raspberries, a little more minced garlic, a dash of salt, and a good amount of butter. Turn the heat to low and smash up the raspberries as you combine in the pan. You can also add in a little sugar if you want to balance out some of the acidity.
Now put it together all pretty like I did and serve to your significant other with a glass of beer :)