For the chickpeas


  • STEP 1

    Mix the paprika, cumin and garlic together in a small bowl. Rub the mutton with 1 tbsp of the oil, then massage the spice mix into the meat. Leave to marinate for at least 1 hr. Will keep chilled overnight.

  • STEP 2

    For the chickpeas, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onions with a pinch of salt for 10 mins until translucent but not coloured. Add the garlic, red peppers, cumin and paprika, and cook for 5 mins more. Pour in the wine and simmer until almost all the liquid has reduced, about 5 mins. Stir in the chickpeas and stock, and cook for another 10 mins.

  • STEP 3

    If the chops have been in the fridge, bring them up to room temperature for up to an hour before cooking. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Heat the remaining oil in an ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat. Scrape any excess marinade from the chops, then fry fat-side down, holding the chops with tongs, to render the fat. Once the fat has started to colour and crisp at the edges, fry the chops on one side for 2 mins. Turn over and repeat, then transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 8-10 mins, or until the mutton has browned and the fat has rendered, but the inside is still a little pink. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 5 mins.

  • STEP 4

    Stir three-quarters of the parsley into the chickpeas, then spoon onto a serving platter. Arrange the chops on top and garnish with the remaining parsley and the quartered lemon.

Recipe tip

Mutton tends to be cheaper than lamb and it’s a cut often used by chefs, because it has great depth of flavour and lots of fat as the animal has had time to mature.

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