Marge’s Lamb Chops
Homer: This barbecue will be hard, thankless work. But I’m sure you’re up to it, Marge.
Marge: Well, it could be a good chance to get to know our neighbors outside of a courtroom setting.
Homer: You know what you should serve, Marge? More of these lamb chops. These are the best ever.
Marge: Why, thank you, Homie. You might say the extra ingredient is salt.
Baby Lamb: Please, Lisa. I thought you loved me. Loved me.
Marge: What’s wrong, Lisa? Didn’t you get enough lamb chops?
Lisa: I can’t eat this. I can’t eat a poor little lamb.
Homer: Lisa, get ahold of yourself. This is “lamb,” not “a lamb.”
Lisa: What’s the difference between this lamb and the one that kissed me?
Bart: This one spent two hours in the broiler.
– Lisa the Vegetarian
The Simpsons | Season 7 - Episode 5
I’m going to nerd out here for a bit while I deconstruct an enduring character trait of Lisa, as she has been a vegetarian for almost two decades. “Lisa the Vegetarian” (Season 7 – Episode 5) is the episode where Lisa first becomes a vegetarian…or is it? Actually no, because in the episode “Lisa’s Wedding” (Season 6 – Episode 19) Lisa and her fiance Hugh are vegetarians. In fact, the show takes the time to illustrate how committed they both are to not eating meat:
Hugh: Lisa, I can’t bear being apart all summer. Come with me to Parkfield Manor.
Lisa: I’d love to. Can we get vegetarian meals at your parents’ house?
Hugh: Yes, we can, Lisa.
Lisa: That is good. Because eating animals is wrong.
Hugh: So very wrong.
Lisa: When will the world learn?
Hugh: I don’t know. I just don’t know.
– Lisa’s Wedding (The Simpsons Season 6 – Episode 19)
Did the writer’s know that Lisa would become a vegetarian in the next season? Or was this meant to be a joke that all college-aged students become vegetarians as a way to rebel against Bovine University? Oh and by the way, I’m aware of the irony of my blathering on about vegetarianism when I’m going to discuss making a meat dish. So don’t bother pointing that out.
- Lamb Chops
Lightly salt your lamb chop on both sides before placing on a broiling tray. Broil for approximately 5 minutes per side until lamb reaches 145 degrees, medium rare.
I was a little skeptical about this dish, especially since Bart describes the lamb as spending two hours in the broiler. Since Bart’s most complicated cooking involves half opening a can (and because I didn’t want a charred piece of lamb) I kept my broiling time to a minimum and the lamb chop came out perfectly medium rare.
And you know what; the extra ingredient IS salt because this tasted really good. I honestly didn’t feel the need to add any additional spices to this and was quite happy to eat the entire lamb chop as it was. And if you’re having trouble making this recipe because you don’t want to eat a poor, helpless lamb you can always have hot dogs!
Cromulence: 7 Lord Thistlewick Flanders out of 10
Marge’s Lamb Chops Recipe From: Lisa the Vegetarian (The Simpsons Season 7 – Episode 5)
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