Grilled Lamb Chops
I went to Costco earlier because I was looking for a Christmas gift for my sister (I didn’t find the gift she wanted). I love shopping at Costco because aside from their usual stuff, you can find some seasonal things that are fun and which they most likely will not carry it again. I have to be a conscious buyer though because I have a limited budget and there is just too much great stuff! My favorite area is their meat department, looking at their neatly arranged meat and poultry sections makes me think of all of the endless dishes I can make. I got excited when I saw they had some Wagyu beef today (I only noticed it today,maybe because it’s the Holidays?) so I called my Husband to see if he wanted some Wagyu steaks (I don’t want him shocked if he’ll see our debit card statement!). Knowing my husband he’s always up for steaks and sometimes blind to the price! So he wanted to try both the rib eye and new york steaks, so I got two of each. I also got some lamb chops because I was thinking my husband might like a surprise for dinner (I rarely prepare them). I saw Giada De Laurentii prepare them last week on her show and thought it was pretty easy. This was so simple and quite good! I grilled some eggplant and asparagus to go with the lamb.
Grilled Lamb Chops (Giada De Laurentiis recipe/Foodnetwork.com)
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Pinch cayenne pepper
Coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 lamb chops, about 3/4-inch thick
In a food processor fitted with a metal blade add the garlic, rosemary, thyme, cayenne, and salt. Pulse until combined. Pour in olive oil and pulse into a paste. Rub the paste on both sides of the lamb chops and let them marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Remove from refrigerator and allow the chops to come to room temperature; it will take about 20 minutes.
Heat a grill pan over high heat until almost smoking, add the chops and sear for about 2 minutes. Flip the chops over and cook for another 3 minutes for medium-rare and 3 1/2 minutes for medium.