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  • 6 thin-cut free-range shoulder chops (600–700g)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 500 g ready-to-use cut vegetables, for roasting
  • 2 cups beef or chicken stock
  • 140 g sundried tomato pesto
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • A few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Brown basmati rice, to serve

1 Preheat the oven to 190ºC.

2 Slice the chops in half. In an ovenware casserole, fry the chops in batches in a little olive oil until well browned. Remove, season and return to the casserole.

3 Add the vegetables, stock, tapenade, garlic, celery and rosemary. Bring to a bubble on top of the stove.

4 Place a piece of oiled greaseproof paper directly on the surface. Cover tightly with the lid and bake for about 1 hour or until the lamb and vegetables are tender.

5 Remove the meat and vegetables, and keep warm.

6 Reduce the cooking liquid on top of the stove. Check seasoning. Serve with basmati rice.

Variations: Use chicken thighs instead of lamb; try thyme instead of rosemary; use sun-dried-tomato pesto instead of tomato tapenade.

Phillippa Cheifitz

Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz

Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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