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These herbed lamb chops are succulent and flavorful. Perfect for grilling on a mild spring evening, or under the broiler any other time of the year. The marinade goes together really easily and then you let them marinade overnight. If you don’t have overnight, a minimum of 8 hours will give you a tender, juicy chop. But if you forget, and we all know that happens, I have had good results with just an hour in the marinade. The longer they marinade the better, though. Turn them every few hours. When you’re awake anyway. 🙂
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Herbed Lamb Chops
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried rosemary, or 3-4 sprigs fresh
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme, or 2-3 sprigs fresh
- 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp juice from Preserved Lemons, OR 1 Tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I really like this OliveNation Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
- 6 lamb chops, about 3/4 inch thick, or 3 large shoulder chops, cut in half
Start by mincing the garlic. I had some ginormous garlic so I just minced one clove.
If you are using fresh herbs, mince them up as well. Then add the garlic and the rest of the marinade ingredients to a small, non-reactive mixing bowl.
I’m stressing non-reactive because of the acid and salt in the marinade. You don’t want to use anything that would react with the ingredients and give an off flavor to the marinade. So that means no metal except stainless steel. I actually prefer to use stoneware most of the time like this cool little Le Creuset bowl I found at a garage sale for mixing up marinades.
Preparing the chops
I had shoulder chops which are rather large, so I divided them in half. There is a natural division in the chop that makes it really easy to do.
Place the chops in a single layer in a non-reactive baking dish. Then pour or spoon about half the marinade on the chops. Turn the chops over and put the rest of the marinade on them. Now give ’em a good rub down. You want to make sure that they are all covered up in the awesomeness you spent all that time making.
Time to cover them up and put them in the fridge to chill for a bit. You can cover them with plastic wrap, or a kitchen towel. Or you can use one of these washable and reusable Bee’s Wraps. They are cloth that is covered in bee’s wax. Very cool. You warm the wrap with your hands and mold it around whatever you are covering. You should check them out.
And onto the grill
About 20 minutes before you are going to cook them, get them out of the fridge and let them come to room temp. I usually start the grill at the same time to let it get good and hot. But my grill is propane. I’ve never cooked on a charcoal grill before. So you do whatever you do to your grill to get it ready.
Make sure the grill is really hot when you put them on so you get the great grill marks. I did these with the top open for about 5 minutes per side. I then closed the grill for another 5 or so minutes. You have to keep an eye on them. The time they need to be on the grill depends on how thick the chops are, how hot your grill is, and how you like your meat.
You could of course cook these inside under the broiler if the weather is not cooperating. Or even on top of the stove in a cast iron grill pan. I love using my grill pan when I can’t cook outside because it will give you those same cool grill marks. But I’m sure that however you choose to cook them, they will be equally as tasty.
After the chops are cooked to your liking, remove them from the heat and cover them for about 5 minutes to let them rest. Resting the meat allows the juices to redistribute evenly so the whole thing is succulent and yummy. Remember that they will continue to cook during their little time out, so keep that in mind when they are still on the grill.