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Birthday Round 2 & Labor Day: Mint and Cumin Spiced Lamb Chops

29 Aug

Happy Friday team! More importantly, happy LONG WEEKEND! Maybe the federal holiday will give you some extra time to allot to cooking up something incredible?! May I suggest these bad boys? Featured on the cover of the special grilling issue of Bon Appétit magazine, it was basically love at first sight.  I decided immediately these Mint and Cumin Spiced Lamb Chops should be the main feature of the birthday dinner I had last weekend.  Granted, depending on where you shop (ahem, Whole Foods) and how many people are included in the experience, these are not technicallyyyy nommin’ on a budget worthy.  BUT, I needed to present them to the blog world regardless.

Click on the above link for all necessary ingredients and instructions.  These need to be prepared at least 2-3 hours ahead of scheduled meal time so they can marinate in all the spicy goodness.

Magazine and some sunflowers to maintain a summery spirit:

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Fresh mint:

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The plethora of spices! Make sure to follow the measurements veryyyy carefully.  Pulse until finely chopped and well-mixed.   Food processing the mint leaves will actually make a sort of wet substance… have no fear as this allows you to spread on the lamb very easily.

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Rub like so:

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Ready to go in the fridge!

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After at least two hours, pop on the grill.  KEEP the layer of fat on the chops as it permeates the meat while cooking for an awesome flavor.  You will have to grill these bad boys for a bit longer than the directions say.  We grilled for about 10-15 minutes total, flipping over a few times, and then cut the chops apart at the end and continued cooking for 5 minutes to make sure they weren’t too rare (the goal was medium-rare).

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Success!

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And yes, the eight of us ate all five racks.  Enjoy!

More on the Grill: Lamb + Homemade Tzatziki

21 Apr

Give up red meat for Lent? Well, with the passing of Easter yesterday you can now thoroughly enjoy this recipe guilt-free.  I’m a huge lamb fan, and it’s surprisingly hard to come by in your average grocery store.  When the craving hit, I knew I was going to have to bite the bullet and walk to the Whole Foods meat department.  To my delight, they were having a sale and I bought a pound of butterflied lamb leg for $8.99 (Score!).

Beautiful, isn’t it?

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Set the oven to 350 degrees in preparation for the brussel sprouts.  Thoroughly season the lamb with salt, pepper, garlic, and any other grill seasoning mix you have on hand.  Throw on the grill on high heat.  While your lamb is sizzling, whip up this super easy tzatziki recipe.  I found this one in a recipe book given to me a while back. All you need is 1 single size 2% plain greek yogurt, a cucumber, minced garlic, lemon juice, and fresh mint.

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I’m anti-measuring and like to mix things to taste, adding here and there.  I started with half a cucumber (diced), a heaping spoonful of minced garlic, the juice from two lemon wedges, and probably 1.5 tablespoons of finely chopped mint.  Feel free to start with less, mix together and add as needed.  You want the resulting spoonful to have a cohesive flavor profile of all ingredients.  Set aside the tzatziki and bring out your brussel sprouts.  Slice in half, drizzle with olive oil, and bake for 15-20 minutes.  The first time I did this, I admittedly did NOT slice the sprouts in half and they didn’t cook all the way through #bummer.  But they sure do look nice and crispy on the outside!

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After your lamb has cooked to the temperature of your liking, assemble your plate and don the meat with a few heaping spoonfuls of tzatziki.  I like mine medium-rare and confess to being a huge snob about it.

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There you have it! A deliciously healthy way to enjoy your post-Lent dinners!

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