the appetizer:

Grill Every Day by Diane Morgan, presents innovative grilling recipes like Salmon Wrapped in Cedar Wood Sheets and Cumin-Rubbed Lamb Chops with Moroccan Pesto Sauce.



Cumin-Rubbed Lamb Chops
with Moroccan Pesto Sauce

Serves 4

Cumin-Rubbed Lamb Chops with Moroccan Pesto Sauce


After working all day, firing up the grill and sipping a glass of wine while I prep dinner ingredients is my idea of relaxation. For this recipe, a simple cumin spice rub flavors the lamb chops, and a whirl of the food processor produces a garlic-and-cilantro-infused sauce worthy of company. Round out the menu with Eggplant with Herbes de Provence (page 148 of the book) and a simple mesclun salad.

  • 8 lamb loin chops, 1-1/4 inches thick (about 5 ounces each)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup Moroccan Pesto

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill on high.

Remove the chops from the refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes before grilling and place them on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Rub the lamb chops on both sides with olive oil. In a small bowl, stir together the cumin, salt, and pepper. Generously season the chops on both sides with the cumin mixture.

Oil the grill grate. Place the chops directly over the hot fire. Grill the chops on one side, 3 minutes for rare or 4 minutes for medium-rare. Turn and cook for 3 minutes more, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 120°F for rare or 130° to 135°F for medium-rare.

Remove the chops from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Arrange 2 chops on each warmed dinner plate and spoon some of the sauce over the top. Place the rest of the sauce in a bowl for passing. Serve immediately.

  • from:
    Grill Every Day
  • by Diane Morgan
  • Morrow Cookbooks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2008
  • $17.95
  • ISBN-10: 0811852083
  • ISBN-13: 9780061438509
  • Recipe reprinted by permission.

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