Sunday, October 30, 2011
Lemon Herb Lamb Chops
Here’s recipe #3 from our Silverdale weekend. My mom made this lamb for us on our Alaska boat trip and Curtis and I were hooked. Ever since we’ve made it for about every special occasion we can conjure up. It’s a great recipe because you do all the hard work, cutting and trimming the lamb and making the marinade, the day before. Then when it’s go time you just throw them on the grill, 2-3 minutes a side, and BAM! You have an amazing dinner!
So since we looooove lamb, this is what I requested for my birthday dinner at my parent's house. My mom served it with ricotta gnocchi, Megan's rosemary butternut squash and salad. Curtis’ mom and Leroy joined us and my dad popped open a bottle of 1978 wine to celebrate my birth year - don’t bother doing the math, that’s a 29 year old bottle!
The Skinny Chef
Molly & Leroy
Lamb Chops with Lemon
Michael Symon / Bon Appetit
3 large shallots, minced
6 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
6 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
6 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon sugar
24 lamb rib chops (from three 1 1/4-to 1 1/2-pound racks of lamb, cut between bones into individual chops - We get ours at Costco)
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon salt
Fresh oregano sprigs (for garnish)
Mix minced shallots, chopped mint, chopped oregano, minced garlic, sugar, and 1 tablespoon salt in small bowl. Press 1 rounded teaspoon shallot-herb mixture onto eye of each lamb chop. Turn chops over onto large rimmed baking sheet. Press remaining shallot- herb mixture onto eye of each chop. Cover lamb chops with sheet of plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon peel in small bowl until slightly thickened and well blended. Season lightly with salt and generously with freshly ground black pepper. Spoon oil mixture lightly over chops. Turn chops over and spoon remaining oil mixture over. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.
Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill lamb chops to desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer lamb chops to platter. Garnish with fresh oregano sprigs and serve.