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Grilled Lamb Chops With Mint Pesto

March 30, 2013

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Spring. Renewal. Lamb. We have cracked the 50 degree mark and the sun is shinning!! With the return of the farmers market, and warmer days… we are back grilling! Lamb is a perfect meat for the season and is a classic pairing with mint. I would complete the meal with grilled polenta rounds and fresh spring peas.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto    

Serves 2

2 cups fresh mint leaves
3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons Parmesan, freshly grated
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 pounds lamb

Blend the mint, basil, nuts, cheese, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor until the herbs are finely chopped. With the machine running, gradually pour in 1/3 cup of oil until the mixture is smooth and creamy. You will have extra pesto to freeze!

Heat grill. Brush olive oil on both sides of  lamb chops. Salt and pepper. Grill 4-5 minutes per side for medium rare. Serve pesto with grilled lamb chops.

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