Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto

Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto

Fresh lemon zest, ground cumin, and a delectable Mint Pesto give delicious flavor to these Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto. 

Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest (approximately 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (approximately 1 lemon)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 small lamb chops, frenched*
  • Mint Pesto (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: fresh mint leaves
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, pulse together onion, garlic, mint, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cumin with an immersion blender until mixture is well combined and smooth.
  2. Add lamb chops, covering with marinade, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat grill to medium heat (300° to 350°).
  4. Remove lamb chops from refrigerator and let come to room temperature, approximately 30 minutes.
  5. Grill lamb chops on one side until seared, 3 to 4 minutes. Using tongs, flip lamb chops and grill until internal temperature reaches 135° to 140° on a meat thermometer, another 3 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with Mint Pesto.
  7. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.

Mint Pesto
Serves: 1 cup
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh mint
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup cashews
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (approximately ½ lemon)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine mint, cheese, oil, cashews, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Process until smooth, approximately 1 minute. Transfer pesto to a serving dish. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until serving time, up to 2 hours.

 

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