Great Garlic Grilled Lamb Chops from the Neelys

Colleen loves lamb, but I’ve really never been a huge fan myself.  I’ve enjoyed our Irish Guinness Stew, and our Shepherd’s Pie (blog post coming soon), but it is not something I would ever order myself at a restaurant or put on our own menu at home usually.  But just before Easter, the Outdoorlicious blog included our excellent smoked ham recipe in a round-up of good Easter main dish recipes, and when I clicked through to read it, I noticed a really tasty looking grilled garlic lamb chop recipe from another site, at Grilled-Recipe.Blogspot.Com.  But when I clicked through to read it, I discovered that it wasn’t really their recipe, but a simple cut and paste of a “Down Home with the Neely’s” recipe from FoodNetwork.com (without actually linking to the original recipe, in a bit of a violation of posting etiquette).   Since we have cooked and posted about several Neely recipes before, and I have really liked all of them, and since Colleen had been talking about doing a lamb dish for Easter (as opposed to last year’s “Easter Bunny” dish), I thought this would be the perfect recipe to try.

As usual (and I almost tire of saying it…), I was right.  I had to modify it from a recipe for a whole rack of chops, to previously cut individual chops from Trader Joe’s, but this was without a doubt my favorite lamb dish we’ve done.  Frankly, doing it as individual chops turned out better than doing a whole rack would have, in my not so humble opinion.  And served with some couscous and a tomato/cucumber salad, it was really quite easy and quite lean and healthy, I’m sure–though Colleen will be the final judge of that…

Grilled Lamb Chops

Raw materials for Garlic Grilled Lamb Chops--pretty proud of myself for having the parsley, rosemary, and thyme growing in our garden!

Grilled Lamb Chops

Prepping the marinade.

Grilled Lamb Chops

Marinade prepped!

Grilled Lamb Chops

Not super eco-friendly, but I almost always marinade my meats in a re-sealable plastic bag rather than a bowl or dish I'll have to wash later.

Grilled Lamb Chops

Chops on the 'que!

Grilled Lamb Chops

Don't they look tasty?

Garlic Grilled Lamb Chops
 
Weight Watchers Info: 4 PointsPlus per lamb chop (2.5 chops)
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 2.5
Ingredients
  • 1 Head of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and cracked pepper
  • ¼ Tsp red pepper flakes (or more per taste)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped thyme
  • 1 Lb (or close to it) lamb chops, approximately 5 chops
Instructions
  1. Roast the head of garlic (slice off top, drizzle with a bit of olive oil, wrap in aluminum foil, and bake at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes).
  2. Squeeze garlic cloves into small bowl.
  3. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil, red pepper flakes, parsley, rosemary, and thyme to bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix.
  4. Put lamb chops into a re-sealable plastic bag and add marinade. Be sure the chops are well covered by the mixture.
  5. Let sit for 30-60 minutes.
  6. Grill like you would a steak, 3-5 minutes per side. We cooked it to medium rare and it was fantastic!

Grilled Lamb Chops

Ready to eat!