grilled lamb with lemon and spring herbs

Nothing says Spring like lamb! When I was a kid we would have lamb once a year when my mom roasted a leg for Easter. Although I'm from a family of a bazillion kids, fortunately, several of my siblings didn't like lamb so there were always leftovers. Unlike chocolate chip cookies, it wasn't a race to wolf everything down before other people ate more. The week after Easter was a series of lamb sandwiches, which are delicious if you have never tried them. I suggest adding mango chutney.

Our meat share has been giving us a decent amount of lamb lately which makes me so so happy. And it has been warm enough to grill which also makes me so so happy. And even happier news - we have things in our garden!

 Huzzah for peaches!

Huzzah for peaches!

 Walking onions!

Walking onions!

It's still a month till we can safely plant summer veggies, but the kale, sprouts, and perennial herbs are in the garden. The walking onion I planted in the fall has shown up. The fruit trees we planted are beginning to blossom. It's a very exciting time of year.

So now that we have mint and rosemary in pots, I am going to begin taking full advantage of having fresh herbs around.

herbs, lemon, garlic
spring marinade

Which brings me to the recipe - this is a pretty simple, straightforward weeknight marinade for lamb with fresh, spring-y flavors. It would work well with beef too.

It's about five minutes of chopping and then you let the meat soak up the flavors for a bit. Another 6 minutes of cooking and you have dinner! You still have to make some decisions about sides though. I made some oven sweet potatoes with rosemary and I definitely recommend the pair.

Ingredients

Serves 2-4 depending on how much meat everyone wants

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 sprig mint
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • juice and zest of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 lamb chops

Mix the olive oil and lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl large enough to hold the lamb.

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Chop herbs, mince garlic, zest lemon and add in. Throw in the lamb chops and make sure they all get coated on each side. Let them sit for an hour.

Turn on your grill to a high heat, or heat a pan on your stove to a medium-high heat and cook each side for 3 minutes.

Our chops caught on fire in our grill but they ended up getting cooked perfectly, so if that happens don't despair.

Enjoy grilling season and all that comes along with it!

 Lamb chops all charred and perfect.

Lamb chops all charred and perfect.