Sunday, May 15, 2016

Marinated Grilled Lamb Chops with Spring Pesto and My New Blog Concept

Marinated Grilled Lamb Chops with Spring Pesto

Welcome to My New Blog Concept!

Life continues to be crazy, but I haven't forgotten about sharing my recipes with you.  Unfortunately, yes, I'm still dealing with my knee issue.  Please send me prayers or thoughts for getting this resolved.  I hate having my exercise routine interrupted.  I like to eat, if you haven't guessed.  So exercise is vital!  For me.  Because I eat so much. 

You don't want to hear about my middle-aged aches and oh da pains!  You want to see what great and simple recipe I posted. 

BUT, if you've been following this blog for a while, you'll notice I branded it with another name.  I think change is good.  

The reason I did this is that I realized that while I'm a good cook during the week, I've been so busy and preoccupied that I only have a chance to be a great cook on the weekend.  I know some of you are in the same boat.  You love to cook, but only really have time to devote to it on a Saturday or Sunday. 

I have said, I'll never post just to post.  All of my recipes are kitchen tested, tasted and approved.  I never want to post anything that you can't recreate and get the same great results.

All of my old recipes are still here.  You just need to look back in the archives. 

Now, for this weekend's recipe.   I found this pepper seasoning in my supermarket.  I don't often do this, but I am incorporating this store bought seasoning into my recipe.

I am addicted to the Pero ® Pepper seasoning.   I am actually showing this recipe with a side of these peppers prepared with the seasoning, but I used it in the marinade, too.  It's no salt added, and you will not miss the salt at all.   There is enough salt in the pesto. 

And speaking of the pesto -

You'll want to prepare that pesto first -

For the Spring Pesto:

2 scallions, green and white parts, top removed and chopped
1 bunch (1 ounce) fresh basil
1/2 cup salt and pepper slivered almonds
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup good quality Extra Virgin olive oil, plus extra as needed
2 pinches pink salt

For the Lamb Chop Marinade:

For each 3 or 4 lamb loin chops you will need:

1/8 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
1/8 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
1/8 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Pero  ® Seasoning for Peppers
1/4 cup Extra Virgin olive oil


To make the pesto:  Add the chopped scallions, basil, almonds and lemon juice into a food processor.  Pulse until combined.   Add in the cheese and continue to pulse until a smooth. 

Drizzle in the oil through the top of the food processor and continue to pulse until the pesto emulsifies.  Add extra oil as needed.  

Note: This pesto will be thick.  I like to add in a little extra olive oil before serving the pesto.  This way you can freeze the leftovers and add extra oil after defrosting.

Mix all ingredients together for the marinade (fresh chopped herbs, lemon juice, seasoning and olive oil).

Add chops to marinade.   Turn to coat.  Let marinate for at least 1/2 hour.

Brush grill with oil or use cooking spay for the grill. 

Preheat grill to 450 degrees F.

Remove chops from marinade and pat dry with a paper towel (lightly).

Grill chops about 4 or 5 minutes each side for medium rare.  I like to close the lid during the cooking process, but be careful for flare ups.  Adjust cooking time accordingly and for your grill as grill temperatures do vary.

Serve the chops with grilled baby peppers and cucumber salad made with Greek yogurt and fresh dill.  

Note on the seasoning:  No product was given to the blogger.  

You can also add a little fresh lemon juice over the dish at the end.   I like to add some torn basil too.  You can play with the garnishes as you like.  Mint might also be a nice garnish for this dish.

I know you're going to make this recipe over and over again. 

Tell me what you think of my new blog concept.

As always, enjoy and "I'll see you soon."

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