Succulent Grilled Lamb Chops


Lamb, the quintessential Mediterranean meat, is savored by all, regardless of religious or ethnic heritage. All over the Mediterranean one finds lamb chops on the grill. This dish begs to differ by proposing the chops be seared in a skillet. Mastiha makes up part of the marinade, infusing its aroma in the lamb long before it meets the hot surface of a griddle. To find some of the artisinal Greek products you'll need to make this, visit my online shop here, where you'll discover a host of lovingly curated Greek ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 garlic cloves smashed
  • ½ teaspoon Mastiha powder to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano or marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoon extra-virgin Greek olive oil
  • Four 2 ½-cm 1-inch- thick lamb chops, trimmed

Instructions

  1. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the bay leaves, lemon zest, garlic, Mastiha powder, oregano, pepper, and 1 Tbsp. olive oil together into a paste. Rinse and pat dry the lamb. Rub the lamb chops with the mixture and wrap tight, individually, in plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Remove the plastic wrap.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a heavy non-stick skillet over high heat. Sear the lamb chops, in 2 batches of necessary, for 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare, 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium, and about 8 minutes per side for well-done. Remove and set aside, covered, to keep warm.

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