May 15, 2012

Dad's Delicious Lamb Loin Chops


Mmmm...  marinated lamb chops... What could be better?  Here's a recipe from my Dad, lamb marinated in red wine, onion and garlic, and can you believe it, powdered ginger?  We had these for Mother's Day with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and peas, what a treat!  My Dad was inspired to create this recipe after seeing a Persian friend of his marinate lamb in shredded raw onions.

Dad's Delicious Lamb Loin Chops
1 cup red wine
3 cloves garlic
1 medium yellow onion (quartered)

2 Tbsp. oil
2 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

2-3 lb. lamb "t-bones," also called loin chops (they look like mini porter house steaks!)

Using a blender, combine the wine, garlic, and onion.  Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, allowing the dried spices to combine with the oil.  After allowing to sit for a few minutes, add to the blender.  Puree!  In a dish or a large enough zip lock plastic bag, combine the lamb and the marinade.  Use your hands on the outside of the plastic bag to cover the meat well, or, if in a dish, use a fork to move the meat around to get it nice and coated.  Marinate overnight- we marinate ours for roughly 24 hours.

When you're ready to cook these beautiful little chops, remove them from the marinade and discard it.  You may pat them dry with paper towels.  Salt the lamb one more time before grilling.  We cooked ours on the big green egg at a fairly high temperature (roughly 450).  We cooked them for 3 minutes on the first side, then 6 minutes on the second- which was sufficient to bring the internal temperature up to 130-135, which is relatively rare, but not extremely rare.  We like to use a digital meat thermometer, if you don't have one of these, you should consider getting one- what's nice about these is that you don't have to reset them in a glass of ice water the way you do with some dial thermometers.  Don't have a big green egg?  Use your oven at a similar temperature and use your thermometer to tell you when they are done.  These were a big hit with our son, who kept saying 'more steak!'  While it's not steak, a win is a win in getting a toddler to eat things that are good- so who's going to argue with him?  Yes sir, more steak.

Enjoy! What a great treat for summer grilling season!

xo

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