Chef Walter’s Flavors + Knowledge: Lamb Chops Orange Marmalade

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Master Chef Walter Potenza, GoLocalWorcester Food Expert


Serve 24


Making sauce

1 cup orange marmalade

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Lamb chops

3 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary

3 tablespoons minced fresh basil

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons grated orange peel

Extra virgin olive oil

3 – 1-1/4 pound 8-rib racks of lamb, well-trimmed

Direction for the sauce

Stir marmalade in small skillet over medium heat until marmalade melts. Strain into small bowl, discarding solids. Return marmalade to skillet. Stir in remaining ingredients. Stir over medium heat until blended and warmed through, about 2 minutes. Adjust flavors with salt and pepper. (Can be made ahead, cover, chill and reheat before using).

For lamb chops

Mix rosemary, basil, garlic, and orange peel in small bowl. Brush olive oil over lamb; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Divide herb mixture among racks of lamb, spreading all over and press to adhere. Cover; chill at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours. Preheat oven to 450F. Cut each lamb rack into 4 double chops. Stand chops, rounded side up, on rimmed baking sheet. 

Roast chops until thermometer inserted into center registers 130F for medium-rare, about 12 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut between bones into individual chops for a total of 24. Arrange chops, pink side up, on a platter and serve sauce alongside. 

As a side accompaniment, I suggest a bruschetta with mozzarella and roasted sweet peppers. 


1 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 pound baguette bread, cut into 1/3-inch-thick slices

1-15 oz.jar roasted peppers, drained, cut into julienne

Fresh basil, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

14 ounces fresh mozzarella


Preheat broiler. Mix oil and garlic in medium bowl. Divide baguette slices between two baking sheets. Brush both sides of bread with some of the garlic oil. Working 1 baking sheet at a time, broil bread until toasted, about 1 minute per side, watching carefully to prevent from burning. Transfer bread slices to rack to cool. This procedure can be made 4 hours ahead and let stand at room temperature. Add red peppers, 3 tablespoons basil, and vinegar to remaining garlic oil. Adjust the flavors to taste with salt and pepper. Halve mozzarella slices. Cut crosswise into 10 slices. Top each bread slice with mozzarella slice, and then add 2 to 3 strips of red peppers. Sprinkle with remaining basil and serve.


Master Chef Walter Potenza is the owner of Potenza Ristorante in Cranston, Chef Walters Cooking School and Chef Walters Fine Foods. His fields of expertise include Italian Regional Cooking, Historical Cooking from the Roman Empire to the Unification of Italy, Sephardic Jewish Italian Cooking, Terracotta Cooking, Diabetes and Celiac. Recipient of National and International accolades, awarded by the Italian Government as Ambassador of Italian Gastronomy in the World. Currently on ABC6 with Cooking Show “Eat Well."  Check out the Chef's website and blog.

  • Frozen Yogurt


    Frozen Yogurt and summert ime almost go hand in hand and the place to go is Wooberry. 

    WooBerry is locally owned and is the home to 19 delicious flavors of frozen yogurt. This place is the epitome of everything that is right in this world - delicious and low in calories.

    WooBerry is one of the few actual places on this list where you can't go wrong with anything you get. Don't forget about the literally millions of toppings to choose from (not literally).

  • Lobster

    The Sole Proprieter

    Nothing like following up donuts with some fresh lobster. But that's what we're doing.

    The freshest seafood in arguably the best restuarant in the city, the Sole's lobster is the best lobster you can find in Worcester County. Maybe even in the whole state of Massachusetts.

    Splurge for the New England Lobster Bake. You can't go wrong.

  • Cannoli

    Wholly Cannoli

    Biting into a refreshing cannoli is a great way to spend some of your time this summer while your lounging around. 

    A cannoli from Wholly Cannoli = the event of the summer...for your mouth. 

    With 44 cannoli flavors, how can you go wrong this summer

  • Ice Cream

    Gibby's Dairy Farm

    One of the best parts of summer is ice cream, obviously.

    And there's no better place in Central Massachusetts to get your ice cream fix than Gibby's in Worcester.

    With over 60 flavors of ice cream, you can't go wrong.

    Image: Thao L./Yelp

  • Nachos

    The Banner

    There is never a bad time for Nachos. 

    There isn't a bigger serving of nachos in the whole city then at The Banner. The Banner calls these nachos "a mountain" topped with cheese, jalapenos, olives and onions. And they aren't kidding.

  • The Ivory Tusk

     Flying Rhino

    Served on toasted Italian bread, the Ivory Tusk is Flying Rhino's most famous sandwich. It's chicken cheese steak loaded with caramelized onions and American cheese.

    Be ready to bring an appetite because the Tusk is a good way.

    While your eating, be sure to grab a spot outside and enjoy the summer weather. 

  • Lobster Corn Chowder

    Bushel N Peck

    Chowder is great, especially Bushel N Peck's Lobster Corn Chowder which they serve at all three of their locations. 

    The recipe has won the best chowder competition in blackstone valley in each of the last two years, so you know it is something special. 

  • Donuts

    Boston Donuts

    Boston Donuts coffee and donuts is a great way to get your summer day started. 

    With 40 flavors of donuts made fresh daily, Boston Donuts is above and beyond the best place to get your donut fix in Worcester. 

  • Cupcakes

    Sweet Restaurant & Bar

    It's everyone's (our) dream come true - a bar filled with cupcakes and desserts and of course, there is never a bad time for any of that, even during the summer. 

    Everything at Sweet is made from scratch, including it's award-winning cupcakes. 

    Indulge yourself - it is well worth the trip.

  • Wine & Cheese

    The Citizen Wine Bar

    The Citizen Wine & Cheese Bar in Worcester MA offers fine cheeses & food and extensive wine and beer list in a comfortable setting and an outdoor option as well. 

    Grab a glass of your favorite wine and enjoy the summer weather at the same time. 

  • Ice Cream Sundae

    Madulka's Ice Cream 

    You can never have enough  ice cream, especially on these super hot days and Madulka's ice cream is a great place to grab a basic ice cream flavor or treat yourself to a sundae. 

    Either way, you can't go wrong. 

  • Calamari Fritti e Ostriche

    Cafe Expresso Trattoria 

    Calamari, a summer tradition, especially here in New England. 

    Cafe Expresso Trattoria's calamari fritti e ostrich is lightly breaded calamari and panko battered oysters served with bruschetta. 

    Combine that with the outdoor seating and you have it made. 

  • Sushi

    Baba Sushi

    So its Sushi that you want? 

    The highly acclaimed Baba Restaurant & Sushi Bar has been winning awards for more than seven years making it the place to go to fill your sushi craving. 

    If eating great Sushi isn’t enough to bring you in, maybe you’ll be interested in the weekly Sushi making classes. 

  • Traditional Scrod

    The Oxhead Tavern

    Looking for some fish to chow down on? Oxhead Tavern is your place. Be sure to sit out on the deck while you do so. The view of Cedar Lake is unbeatable. 

    This historic Oxhead Tavern is a casual family restaurant and bar that serves everything from traditional Massachusetts scrod to thick steaks. The Oxhead Tavern serves lunch and dinner. 



Stay Connected — Free
Daily Email