Grilled Lamb Loin Chops with Bordelaise Sauce and Celeriac Mash

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Here is another dish for all my carnivore friends out there and my friend Conor over at One Man’s Meat who wanted to see some “more complex and exciting stuff.” 😉 It’s a fabulous meal, if I do say do myself. Also, if you make the demi-glace ahead of time, it’s a perfect weeknight meal. Otherwise, make this on the weekend.

This recipe is another one of those multi part recipes. The lamb loin chops are easy, as is the celeriac mash. The classic bordelaise sauce is relatively easy but takes a while because you have to make a demi-glace. Now, some of yo may be wondering what is a demi-glace. Well, a demi-glace is a rich, full flavored brown sauce typically served with red meats. It is primarily used as a base for other sauces. Traditionally, demi-glace was made by first making a rich beef stock. The beef stock is then made into an espagnole sauce (brown sauce). You would then take equal parts of espagnole sauce and rich beef stock, along with a bouquet garni, and let it simmer, skimming constantly, for a 1-1/2 to 2 hours until it has reduced by half. Modern chefs now forego the espagnole sauce and make a rich beef stock which they reduce to a syrupy consistency relying upon the natural gelatins in the bones to produce the desired consistency. This new approach provides a more intense, robust sauce that is lighter on the palate.

When I learned how to cook, we were taught the traditional method. I made demi-glace following the traditional method for 20+ years. Only recently, however, have I started following the modern method. It is the modern approach that is used in this recipe. It takes a while to do and only produces a small amount but the resulting bordelaise sauce is stellar and well worth the time and effort. Of course, you could make a larger amount of demi-glace, freeze it and pull it out as needed. The choice is up to you. Demi-glace will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days and freeze for up to 6 months.


For the Lamb

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 lamb loin chops, 4 – 5 oz each
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup red wine

For the Bordelaise Sauce

  • 1 cup red wine
  • 6 Tbsp demi-glace
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 tsp Sherry
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • salt & pepper, to taste

For the Celeriac Mash

  • 1 celeriac, roughly15 oz, peeled and cubed
  • 1 russet, roughly 12 oz, peeled and cubed
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


For the Bordelaise Sauce

Before doing anything, get 1 qt of rich beef stock out of the freezer or fridge because you need to make the demi-glace. If you already have demi-glace in the fridge or freezer then you get to move to “GO” and collect $200. 😉

Put 1 qt of rich beef stock in a sauce pan over medium high heat and bring to a boil.

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Once it has come to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and reduce the beef stock, skimming occasionally until it has reduced to roughly 1/2 cup, roughly 1-1/2 hour. That’s right 1/2 cup. It’s not an error. I told you it doesn’t make a lot but, because it is intensely flavored, you don’t need a lot. If you want to make enough to keep on hand, follow the directions for Hearty Beef Stock, except double the recipe, to make the initial stock. Reduce the beef stock to 2 cups.

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Once you have the demi-glace, heat 1 Tbsp butter in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and sauté for 2 minutes.

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Now, add the red wine and reduce heat to a simmer.

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Reduce the wine until almost evaporated.

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Add 6 Tbsp demi-glace.

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© 2012 – look at how deep and rich that demi-glace is.

Taste and season with salt and pepper according to taste. Now, remember, I use unsalted stock in ALL of my recipes. This is a perfect example of why. Can you imagine how salty this dish would be if you salted the stock and reduced it to 1/2 cup? Unless you have an immediate use for your stocks, I strongly recommend you season the stock with salt later because you can always add salt but you can never take it out.

Remove from heat, cover and set aside until ready to serve. When ready to serve, reheat over medium heat, remove from heat and add 1 tsp sherry. I prefer cream sherry but others recommend using dry sherry.

For The Celeriac Mash

Add the cubed celeriac to a pot of salted boiling water and boil for 15 minutes.

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Add the cubed russet.

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Boil until the russet and celeriac are tender, roughly 15 minutes. Drain water and return cubed celeriac and russet back to the pot. Place over medium-high heat and cook for 1 – 2 minutes to dry out the vegetables. Remove from heat and mash. Add butter and cream. Adjust seasoning, to taste.

For the Lamb Loin Chop

Season the lamb loin chops to taste. Heat a heavy bottom skillet (preferably cast iron) over high heat. Add lamb chops to skillet.

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Cook for 4 minutes (these were really thick chops) and turn.

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Cook another 4 minutes. Add 1/2 cup red wine and cover. (sorry- no photo) Cook another 1 – 2 minutes. Remove chops from skillet and allow to rest for 5 minutes. This will give you a beautiful medium rare.

To serve:

Place a mound of the celeriac on a plate. Place 2 chops atop the mash.

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Spoon the bordelaise sauce over the chops.

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© 2012 – Conor, Baby Lady says this photo is for you. 🙂

Serve & enjoy!

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17 thoughts on “Grilled Lamb Loin Chops with Bordelaise Sauce and Celeriac Mash”

  1. Wow! That looks fantastic. The sauce has both the Wife and myself drooling. I have just finished cooking and eating ‘Cogitated Prawns’. More about them later. Baby Lady, your shot tells me that I need to practice, practice, practice. It is raising this art form to new heights.
    Thanks for raising a couple of smiles on a cold night in Dublin.

      1. I did beef short ribs at the weekend. I cooked them in wine and garlic. I made a roux and thickened the gravy. We ended up with 100ml or so from 600ml or so of wine and whatever the beef gave up. It was amazingly flavoursome. The celeriac mash worked perfectly with it. Post to follow, probably in the new year.

  2. I look at that incredible sauce and I can see how it took a lot of time and commitment to get something that tastes so good. Truly delicious, the viscosity is perfect and with the lamb & celeriac mash (another favourite) very delicious.

    Happy holidays to you and family and more importantly Happy Cooking!

    1. Hi, Alice. Thanks for the very nice compliments. We hope your Holiday travels are safe and filled with good times and wonderful memories. Look forward to reading your posts when you return.

  3. I, too, never salt my stocks. It was something Mom taught me — and neither of us ever attempted a demi-glace. This is a great post, Richard. You’ve de-mystified demi-glace preparation and I can only imagine how good your Bordelaise sauce tastes as a result. Your final photo “speaks” volumes. Thanks for today’s demi-glace lesson. All I need now is to get some friends over here to give it a try.

  4. It all sounds and looks great as usual, Richard 🙂
    This is almost exactly like I would make it, unless I would probably cook the lamb to medium rare either sous-vide (with browning before and after) or in a low oven.
    How about using lamb stock rather than beef stock for the demi glace?
    I didn’t know about the traditional method of making demi glace — sounds very complicated…

    1. Hi, Stefan. We’re glad you liked it. You can use lamb stock to make a demi-glace but it would be a lamb demi-glace. I have made lamb demi-glace before and like it a lot for lamb applications, although you can use it for venison, as well. As for the traditional demi-glace, it’s not as complicated as it is time consuming because you first have to make the stock, then the espagnole sauce, then the reduction. None of these steps, individually, are complex but each one takes time. It clearly is a process you cannot accomplish in 1 day. It’s also why restaurants that do this type of cooking make 10 gallons of stock 1 day. The 5 gallons of the stock is used to make espagnole sauce the following day. Then the third day you make the demi-glace. The modern approach skips the espagnole sauce and goes straight to the reduction but 10 gallons of stock is reduced to 1.25 gallons of demi-glace.

  5. This looks incredible. I am a huge fan of Bordelaise sauce. Usually I do the same as you and have some on hand. However, the last time I attempted to make it, I didn’t have my own stock. So, I ran to the store and picked some up and put it on the stove to reduce. An hour later I checked on it and it was completely evaporated! I checked the package and it turns out I accidently bought artificially flavored beef stock. Eww. Lesson learned! 🙂 Anyways, it looks like you have a lot of skill in the kitchen and I really appreciate all the tips you’ve shared with us! Thanks!

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