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RECIPE: Greek-Style Grilled Lamb Loin Chops With Bread Salad

We’re putting something special on the grill for Father’s Day: lamb chops.

This Greek-accented lamb chops recipe is from Chef Curtis Stone’s new book, What’s For Dinner, which focuses on easy-to-make meals for every night of the week.

Chef Stone serves his Grilled Lemon Oregano Lamb Chops with a rustic bread salad: a combination that‘s a treat for the family meal and special enough for guests. It takes only 35 minutes to prepare.

You can marinate the lamb for 10 minutes or 10 hours; the more time you give it, the more flavorful it will be.

For a weeknight meal, stick the chops in the marinade before you go to work; but don’t worry if you forget to do so because they’ll still be delicious with only a quick marinade.

Prep time is 15 minutes, plus at least 10 minutes marinating time; cook time 10 minutes.

Ingredients For 4 Servings

For The Lamb

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 8 lamb loin chops (about 1-3/4 pounds total)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    For The Oregano-Red Wine Vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    For The Salad

  • 4 slices crusty rustic bread
  • Olive oil, for brushing the bread
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 6 cups not packed)
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • Optional: Kalamata olives, pepperoncini

    1. MARINATE the lamb: In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano and rosemary. Add the lamb and turn to coat with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate at room tempera­ture for at least 10 minutes, or in the refrigerator for up to 10 hours.

    2. REMOVE the marinated lamb from the re­frigerator about 30 minutes before grilling and let stand at room temperature. Meanwhile…

    3. MAKE the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mus­tard, shallots, garlic and oregano. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.


    [1] Grilled lamb chops with bread salad (photo © Ballantine Books).

    [2] Loin lamb chops, used in this recipe (photos #2 and #3 © American Lamb Board).

    [3] For comparison, these are rib lamb chops.

    [4] Baby spinach is used in this bread salad recipe, but you can substitute anything from arugula to romaine (photo © Burpee).


    4. PREPARE an outdoor grill for medium-high cooking over direct heat.

    5. MAKE the salad: Lightly brush both sides of the bread with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt. Grill the bread, turning halfway through cooking, for about 2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove the bread from the grill, tear it into bite-size pieces, and put it into a large bowl.

    6. SEASON the lamb with salt and pepper. Grill the lamb chops, turning them over halfway through cooking. Cook for about 7 minutes for medium-rare, or until the meat feels resilient when pressed with a finger. Transfer to a platter, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest while you finish the salad.

    7. ADD the spinach, tomatoes, and onions to the bowl with the grilled bread. Toss with enough of the vinaigrette to lightly coat.

    8. MOUND equal amounts of the salad on four dinner plates and sprinkle with the feta cheese. Arrange two lamb chops on top of each salad, drizzle with some of the remaining vinaigrette and serve.

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