Chop, Chop… Lamb Chop
iPhoneOgraphy – 22 Mar 2016 (Day 82/366)
A meat chop is a cut of meat cut perpendicularly to the spine, and usually containing a rib or riblet part of a vertebra and served as an individual portion. The most common kinds of meat chops are pork and lamb. A thin boneless chop, or one with only the rib bone, may be called a cutlet, though the difference is not always clear. The term “chop” is not usually used for beef, but a T-bone steak is essentially a loin chop, and a rib steak a rib chop.
Chops may be cooked in various ways, including grilling, pan-broiling, sautéeing, braising, breading and frying, and baking. Lamb chops are often cooked with dry heat, grilled or pan-broiled. Pork chops and veal chops are grilled, sautéed, or braised, or breaded and fried (milanese). In South Africa and Nambia the traditional way of cooking chops is to grill them outdoor over open fire coals, called braaiing.
In Great Britain, the idea of a chop comes from the 17th century, when London chop houses started cooking individual portions of meat.