Zesty Herbed Lamb Chops Recipe

Zesty Herbed Lamb Chops Recipe
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Zesty Herbed Lamb Chops Recipe

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“I often serve this sauce with seared scallops or grilled salmon or halibut. It's really good either way. I also modify the recipe when there are fresh herbs in season. I've made a version with basil instead of mint, and I sometimes swap thyme for oregano for a more subtle flavor.” Cora Anderson — Seattle, Washington
MAKES:
4 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:
4 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs, stems removed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • LAMB CHOPS:
  • 8 lamb loin chops (3 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

In a food processor, combine the first nine ingredients; cover and pulse until blended. Set aside half of the sauce. Brush remaining sauce over chops; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chops in oil over medium heat for 7-10 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Serve with reserved mint sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Herbed Lamb Chops in Healthy Cooking June/July 2010, p35

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 236 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 509mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein.

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs, stems removed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • LAMB CHOPS:
  • 8 lamb loin chops (3 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. In a food processor, combine the first nine ingredients; cover and pulse until blended. Set aside half of the sauce. Brush remaining sauce over chops; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chops in oil over medium heat for 7-10 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Serve with reserved mint sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Herbed Lamb Chops in Healthy Cooking June/July 2010, p35

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