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Pomegranate-Grilled Lamb Chops

Pomegranate-Grilled Lamb ChopsServe piping hot with a garnish of pomegranate seeds and mint leaves accompanied by a green salad and luscious tiramisu for dessert.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup fresh or bottled pomegranate juice
1 large clove garlic, minced
3 black peppercorns, crushed
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
4 double-thick California lamb loin chops
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon pomegranate seeds; for garnish
Mint leaves for garnish

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine pomegranate juice, garlic, peppercorns and chopped mint in non-reactive bowl; mix well. Add chops and turn several times to coat well. Refrigerate 8 to 12 hours, turning occasionally.
  2. Remove chops from marinade; drain and set aside. Pour marinade into small saucepan. Heat to boiling and simmer 20 minutes or until reduced to 1/3 cup.
  3. Brush chops with reduced marinade and oil.
  4. Broil or grill chops about 3-inches from heat, brushing once or twice with marinade. Cook to preferred doneness, about 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium rare, 7 to 8 minutes for medium and 9 to 10 minutes for well done.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the California Sheep Commission.