Return of the JetSet Kef

15 Oct

Big Brother Kef is back in town. Usually it is my dear sister who does the dirty work in the kitchen while I keep the water boiling as the Executive Sous Chef of Keftown (see here for more on that).  But, inspired by the post-DNC 2012 “Clinton bump,” she’s decided to call in the old dogs to teach some new tricks.  During her tenure, two very prominent themes have emerged:

  • dishes are meatless
  • photos of said meatless dishes range from unappetizing to “…oh, I see how that might actually taste good if that were a better picture.” (I love my sister and her food–but seriously, she really could have benefited from the photography class all the “artsy” kids in our high school took junior year.)

So after months of hiatus from this blog, it is with great pleasure that I break one of these trends and bring you today a great MEAT recipe I promise you will come out beautifully…except you’ll have to make do with a truly non-illustrative picture in typical CUK style.  I assume by now you are used to this. LebKef and I made this dish together for Greek Easter 2012 in Beirut and it was a show stopper.  Look closely at the picture below and you will find this perfectly-prepared lamb in between lots of other wonderfully-made dishes:

Still don’t think this lamb will be the best thing you put in your mouth this week? Ask yourself this: would a man who willingly dresses like this

ever steer you wrong when it comes to some lamb? I don’t think so.

LebKef’s Lamb Chop

  • 3 tbs Dijon Mustard
  • 6 tbs Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 medium cloves of garlic
  • 1 c extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 double rack lamb rib chops, or 8 lamb loin chops


1. FOR THE VINAIGRETTE: Combine Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and garlic in non reactive metal bowl. Whisk in extra virgin olive oil. Remove rosemary needles from sprig. Chop and add to vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper.
 2. Cut lamb into individual chops by cutting down between the bones (each bone should have a nice round piece of meat attached).In plastic bag with half of the marinade, marinade for 10 minutes (or up to 2 hours in the refrigerator). Reserve half of marinade for finishing chops with sauce for serving.
3. Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium to high heat.Remove chops from marinade. Wipe off excess liquid and season chops with salt and pepper.
4. Grill chops for 2 to 3 minutes per side (or until meat is medium rare).
5. Remove chops from grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Serve lamb chops with reserved marinade.

One Response to “Return of the JetSet Kef”


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    […] infinity scarves, bad lighting, and a life-sized cardboard cutout make you want soup? If JetSet Kef ever returns to the blogosphere, he will explain. Just in case he doesn’t, I welcome your […]

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