Lamb Chops With Spiced Pomegranate Merlot Sauce

by Kate on November 23, 2015

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The holidays are officially upon us! I don’t know about you but I feel like the end of the year has just snuck up on me. I swear, just a moment ago I was basking in the warmth of the summer sun then a blink of an eye and boom! It’s Thanksgiving. Whaaaat?!?! How is this possible. Not that I’m complaining. I love Thanksgiving. I love as family and friends gather together to share a big meal and catch up with one another.

The togetherness is my very favorite part but you all know, I love to eat so the amazing Thanksgiving feast is definitely something I look forward to  also. I love tasting what everyone has created as we come together to make a spectacular spread. This year, I’m going to be making my Maple Bourbon Glazed Carrots. I’m totally addicted to those beauties. Sweet, a little boozy with a sprinkle of salt to finish it off and balance the sweetness a bit. These carrots are a big win!

Another dish that always feels special and oozes holiday vibes is lamb. Growing up, I remember my grandmother used to make lamb which was always served with mint jelly. I was never a fan of the mint jelly but my first memories of enjoying lamb were with all my family gathered around my grandmother’s dining room table. Despite my fondness for lamb, it’s not something I’ve ever made in my own kitchen.

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This year I decided that was something that needed to change. I recently received a Nordic Ware 10″ Procast Traditions Covered Braiser, Part of the Pro Cast Traditions Collection. I took this braiser for a spin by making these Lamb Chops With Spiced Pomegranate Merlot Sauce. Seared lamb chops, carrots and onions in a pomegranate merlot sauce spiced with cinnamon, cumin and allspice. This dish is incredibly flavorful, savory with notes of sweetness and ready to grace your holiday table.  This is one meal that’s sure to impress your guests.

I loved that the Nordic Ware 10″ covered braiser was substantial but light weight which made it easy to prepare my meal at the stovetop then simply transfer it safely to the table without having to lug a heavy pot, potentially spilling this beautiful lamb and hurting or burning myself. The beautiful style of the braiser also makes it the perfect serving dish. I love that the timeless beauty of this cookware makes it seamlessly transition from stovetop to serving.

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This braiser is non-stick, non-rusting and durable. Even after a quick sear, nothing stuck behind. It heated very quickly and the conduction was even making sure that all my food cooked evenly. The wide base allowed the meat maximum contact with the heat source, making it easier to get a beautiful sear on all my lamb chops. With Nordic Ware’s heirloom quality and lifetime warranty, this pan is a one that will stand the test of time.

Nordic Ware bakeware is something I’ve grown up with. From the time I started baking waaaaaaay back in my adolescence, my mother always had Nordic Ware bundt pans which is a tradition I’ve continued as I began to purchase my own bakeware because I know that their products are high-quality, that my cakes will always slide right out of the pan and cook evenly. I knew I would find the same quality in the Nordic Ware 10″ Covered Braiser and I was not disappointed. I also love that they make over 90% of their products in Minneapolis, Minnesota because it’s important to Nordic Ware that they keep jobs local. Founded in 1946—they are close to their 70th year in business! Family owned and operated too. You can find Nordic Ware on InstagramFacebookTwitter or at!

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**Disclosure: I was provided with one Nordic Ware 10″ Procast Traditions Covered Braiser at no cost to me. The opinions expressed here are my own.**

Lamb Chops With Spiced Pomegranate Merlot Sauce

30 minutes

Lamb Chops With Spiced Pomegranate Merlot Sauce

Seared lamb chops, carrots and onions in a pomegranate merlot sauce spiced with cinnamon, cumin and allspice. This dish is incredibly flavorful, savory with notes of sweetness.


  • 2 pounds lamb rib chops
  • salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Merlot
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils


  1. Season lamb chops with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a 10" braiser, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Sear each chop for about 3 minutes per side to medium-rare, 130 degrees. Remove from pan, cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to braiser and heat over medium-high heat. Add the onion and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic, tomato paste, thyme, cumin, cinnamon, allspice and bay leaf. Stir constantly for 1 minute then add the broth, wine, pomegranate juice, honey, and additional salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce temperature and keep at a high simmer until liquid is reduced by half.
  4. Serve lamb topped with pomegranate merlot sauce and sprinkle with pomegranate arils.

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Mary Frances November 23, 2015 at 11:08 am

Yummy! This looks so good. I’m sure it tastes just as good as it looks. Interesting idea to make lamb with pomegranate. Never tried that.


Kate November 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Thank you so much Mary Frances!


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