Lamb Chops with Kumquat Relish, Carrot-Yam Purée and Chayote

Kumquats are similar to oranges, although they are much smaller and tarter. Sometimes called pear squash, chayote can be eaten raw or cooked. Be sure to use true yams, not sweet potatoes, in this dish.

Chef Ian Clark

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    • Phases34
    • 4
    • 20 Minutes
    • 1 Hour
    • 40 Minutes
    • 2 Hours
    •  US  Metric
  • Nutritional information per serving

    • 14g
    • 18g
    • 4g
    • 33g
    • 40g
    • 560


  • Kumquat relish:
  • 4 fresh kumquats, sliced thin
  • 4 teaspoons finely chopped yellow onions
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Yam-carrot purée:
  • ¾ cup peeled, diced yam
  • 3 medium (6-inch) carrots, peeled and trimmed
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • Lamb:
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 double rack of lamb chops
  • Slaw:
  • 2 cups shredded chayote
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro (tender stems and leaves)
  • ½ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • ⅛ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt, to taste


  1. To prepare the relish, mix together the kumquats, onion, ginger, lemon juice, vinegar and salt. Let sit for one hour before serving at room temperature.

  2. Steam the yams and carrots together for about 30 minutes, until fork tender. Remove from heat. While still hot, add the butter and mash with a potato masher, adding cayenne and salt. Cover and keep warm.

  3. Heat a grill or broiler.

  4. To prepare the slaw, toss together the chayote, cilantro, lemon juice, oil and salt. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

  5. Season the chops with salt and pepper. Grill the lamb to mid-rare or desired temperature, 8–10 minutes for medium rare, turning after 4–5 minutes.

  6. To serve: divide the carrot-yam purée among four plates. Slice each two-bone portion of lamb in half and fan out over purée. Arrange chayote slaw beside the lamb and spoon the kumquat relish over the lamb.