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Lemon and Herb Lamb Chops | Hungry for the Holidays

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These chops are impressive finger food and take only minutes to braise. Finish them with a quick mint-herb sauce and you have a perfect pairing.

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4 small cloves garlic
1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp olive oil for marinade, plus 2 tablespoons for cooking
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 lamb rib chops, frenched

1. Remove the lamb from the fridge 1 hour before you plan to cook it.

Note: bringing meat to room temperature allows for even cooking. If the meat is cold when you cook it, the outside will be overdone by the time the inside is cooked.

2. Using a mortar and pestle, pound garlic with ¾ teaspoon salt. Add several grinds of pepper, rosemary, and lemon zest and 2 tablespoons olive oil.

3. Rub this mixture on both sides of the lamb chops, place in a glass bowl and let marinate in fridge for several hours, or overnight.

4. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over high heat for 2 minutes. Swirl in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sear the lamb for 2 minutes on each side. (Do this step in batches).

Mint-herb sauce (optional):
1 cup mint leaves
1 cup chopped scallions
Zest of 1 lemon
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse to combine mint, scallions, lemon zest and juice, ½ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. While the blade is spinning, drizzle in the olive oil. Taste for seasoning.

Lemon and Herb Lamb Chops | Hungry for the Holidays
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