Want to do something a little different from the beef-chicken-pork routine? Grilled lamb chops may be just the change you’re looking for.
They’re simple to prepare, but your guests will feel like you’ve been preparing a special treat for them on your barbecue. And you’ll enjoy the treat too.
Grilled lamb chops
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tsp. chopped thyme
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. chopped rosemary
- ¾ tsp. ground black pepper
- 8 4-ounce lamb loin chops
- Olive oil
- Herbed butter
- 2 pounds new potatoes
Set your grill for medium heat, between 350 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chop the garlic and mix it with the rest of the seasonings. Brush olive oil on both sides of the lamb chops. Spread seasoning mix all over both sides. Let the lamb chops stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.
You can quarter the new potatoes or leave them whole. Put them in a bowl and drizzle 2 tbsp. olive oil all over them. Add the rest of the seasoning mix. Stir to coat the potatoes well.
Place the potatoes on the grill over direct heat with the lid closed. The potatoes should be ready after 15 to 20 minutes. If you’re cooking them whole you may need to leave them for a few more minutes.
You’ll have to have the lid open a bit, because the chops should be turned every 5 minutes or so. When tender, take the potatoes off the heat, add herbed butter, and keep them warm.
Trim any excess fat from the lamb chops, to avoid flareups from fat dripping into the fire.
Grill the lamb chops at the same temperature as you used for the potatoes. The cooking time will depend on how you like your lamb chops. Medium-rare takes about 5 minutes with a couple of flips. Medium would take about 8 minutes, and well-done would need about 10 minutes on the grill. When the lamb chops are done, take them off the heat and let them rest for about 5 minutes.
Combine with your favorite salad or some mixed vegetables, and enjoy your tasty meal.
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