Friends Of Australia Friday Yellow Tail Chardonnay & Chops

It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!

The Tucker

A very nice package of T-Bone loin chops.  Into a cast iron skillet standing on the bone end, into the oven at about 375 F to 425 F for about 20 minutes for medium.

Side Salad was a bag-o-salad “American” mix.  Lettuce, purple cabbage, carrot bits, etc.  Ranch dressing on one, blue-cheese on the other.  Accompanied by yet more esteamed broccoli with melting butter.

One of my favorite simple meals.  Just plop things in pans, set the burners and wait.  Broccoli taking much less time than the chops, so started with about 10 minutes left on the clock.

I’ve also done these chops at higher temperatures and even on broil.  Timing a bit more tricky and can get as low as 10 minutes.  You get more crusty bits ;-)  But if you miss the right moment they can be very rare in the center or very burnt at the tips.  The lower and slower doesn’t give as nice a finish, but you get a more even cook.  These were very thick. Inch and a half or maybe 4 cm.  so the slower cook let the middles get done too.

The Wine

Nothing particularly spectacular. A very nice Chardonnay from Yellow Tail. This is one of the more common wines in the bigger grocery stores.  I was in Sprouts at the time and so picked this up.

Very drinkable but nothing spectacular about it.  OTOH, I’ve had a lot of Chardonnay that just made you pucker up and wonder why they made it so terribly dry.  This one is not made to impress the wine snob with how far you can push the pucker dry, but rather for drinking as it stands with comfort.  A very nice table wine.

It went OK with the lamb, but I’m not a snob about such things.  A deep red would have raised the lamb flavor better, but this worked better with the salad.and broccoli.  Not everything on the plate is red meat…

I’ll definitely be buying more of it, but probably with fish & chicken next time.  But I’ve run out of new reds to try at the Bargain Market ;-)  

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10 Responses to Friends Of Australia Friday Yellow Tail Chardonnay & Chops

  1. beththeserf says:

    I’m casseroling lamb cutlets with carrot,rosemary, potato and onion slices yet again because I likes it. Brocoli added later, wine yet to be selected. The pleasure awaits! (Pleasure s in short supply in these wokian days.)

  2. E.M.Smith says:


    You got a recipe for that casserole? Sounds like something I’d like to make…. I’m assuming slices of carrots, onions, and spuds, rosemary as you like it. But is there any sauce or gravy? Liquid of some sort?

    FWIW I’ve moved on to a Pinot Grigio for this evening as a certain computer has been driving me around the bend… so figured some “lube” might help with the situation ;-0

  3. philjourdan says:

    Ahhhh, a nice thick Lamb chop!!!

    Things are slowly returning to normal in half the nation (the other half is ruled by Hitler wannebees – i.e. democrat governors). My wife flew down to Texas today for the first time in well over a year. Her best friend’s mother is doing poorly (not covid, dementia and advanced age). So I may check out the lamb selection at Costco and follow the recipe! I am batch it for a week.

    Outback use to do lamb. But not since long before Covid.

  4. beththeserf says:

    E.M. I fill a casserole dish with cold water, add cutlets , layer in sliced potato, carrot, onion, flavour with salt,pepper. rosemary, and cook in oven, – so easy.

  5. E.M.Smith says:


    Ah! I knew a liquid was involved! Water, I can do water But maybe cheap wine or a nice diluted vinegar would… No be true to the origin, Just use water…. or maybe both… (NO! Blaspheme!! )

  6. beththeserf says:

    Take your wine separately! A nice Pinot Grigio! )

  7. Annie says:

    E.M. Needing ‘lube’ to cope with a recalcitrant computer?!
    A hint: my husband, while writing his weekly sermon, sometimes has a glass or two of what we call ‘liquid inspiration’! Australians have a term ‘one-pot screamer’; we have our term ‘one (or two) pot sermon’.
    @beththeserf: That sounds very tasty.

  8. E.M.Smith says:


    I have found yet another bit of sporadically failing equipment… my USB Hub seems to have at least one slot (out of 7) that has started putting sporadic errors on the line.

    It is the one I’ve plugged and unplugged the most stuff into / out of over several years.

    So making progress… (though now no longer possessed of wine…)

    Maybe a “one pot programmer”?

  9. Annie says:

    @E.M.S. Good one!

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