Grilled Lamb Chops

pring is definitely the season for grilled lamb chops. If you’re like many in my family, you have a preconceived notion that lamb has too strong of a flavor. The real truth is that if most people had a taste of a good, properly cooked lamb chop, they would change their tune. I was one of those people that swore I wouldn’t like lamb, until I had the most delicious, tender and perfectly seasoned lamb chop. Since that moment, I’ve been hooked!

You experience these Grilled Lamb Chops well before your first juicy bite. The sizzle and flash of orange flame as tender chops meet the hot grill; warm scents of piney rosemary and buttery garlic rise to meet your nose, olive oil shimmers. A gentle turn, a waft of smoke and deep char lines promise that, soon, it will be time to eat.

Ingredients :
750g/ 1.5lb lamb chops (loin chops, forequarter, cutlets)

LAMB CHOP MARINADE:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 garlic cloves , finely minced

1 tbsp rosemary leaves , finely chopped

1 tsp each salt and pepper

GRAVY:
2 cups beef stock , low sodium

3 tbsp flour , plain/all purpose

1 tbsp rosemary leaves , finely chopped

2 rosemary sprigs , optional

Directions :
Marinade: Mix Marinade ingredients together, then pour over chops. Turn to coat and leave to marinade for at least 1 hour, preferably 3 hours or overnight.

COOKING:
Take lamb out of fridge 30 minutes prior to cooking (to bring to room temp).

Heat a large skillet over high heat (no oil needed).

Pick up a chop, scrape off excess bits of garlic (it burns) and let excess oil drip off. Place in skillet. Once all chops are in, turn heat down to medium high.

COOK TIMES FOR MEDIUM RARE (INTERNAL TEMP 62°C/145°F):
Loin chops & forequarter chops – 4 minutes each side, or until internal temp is 62°C/145°F for medium rare

Cutlets & thin leg steaks – 3 minutes on the first side then 2 minutes on the second side.

Rest – Remove lamb from skillet and place on a plater. Loosely cover with foil and rest for 3 minutes while you make the gravy.

GRAVY:
Pour off all but about 3 tbsp oil (if you’re short, add butter), return skillet to medium heat.

Add flour and stir for 30 seconds.

Pour in beef stock while stirring constantly to dissolve flour mixture in. If you have lumps, use a whisk.

Add chopped rosemary and sprig.

Simmer, stirring regularly, for 2 – 3 minutes until it thickens in a gravy consistency.

SERVING:
Serve lamb chops with gravy over creamy mashed potato and a side of peas!

Enjoy !!