Grilled Lamb Chops with Herb-Almond Pesto

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Herb-Almond Pesto

In this dish the tangy, bright green pesto beautifully complements the rich flavor of the seared lamb chops. Serve with a sturdy Italian red wine or splurge on a bottle of Barolo for a simple but sublime midweek meal.

 

Grilled Lamb Chops With Herb-Almond Pesto

 

For the pesto:

1 1/2 cups (1 1/2 oz./45 g) lightly packed fresh basil leaves

1 cup (1 oz./30 g) lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

1/2 cup (1/2 oz./15 g) lightly packed fresh mint leaves

3 Tbs. slivered almonds, lightly toasted

2 garlic cloves, chopped

Fine sea salt

3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

2 tsp. red or white balsamic vinegar

 

8 lamb loin chops, each about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick

2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Prepare a fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill to high.

 

To make the pesto, in a food processor, combine the basil, parsley, mint, almonds, garlic and 1 tsp. salt and process until coarsely chopped. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil and puree to a thick consistency. Scrape the pesto into a bowl and stir in the vinegar. Set aside.

 

Rub the lamb chops on all sides with the 2 Tbs. olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high to high heat until seared and nicely grill marked on the first side, about 3 minutes. Turn and grillĀ  on the second side for about 3 minutes longer for medium-rare. Transfer to a platter, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 minutes.

 

Arrange 2 chops on each of 4 dinner plates, spoon a generous dollop of pesto on the side and serve. Serves 4.

 

Recipe adapted fromĀ Rustic Italian, by Domenica Marchetti.

 

 

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