Lamb Chops with Rosemary


serves 4
4 loin lamb chops, 25 mm (1 in) thick
50 ml (2 fl oz) olive oil
30 ml (2 tbsp) lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
10 ml (2 tsp) dried rosemary
1 garlic clove, crushed

for the garnish

1 lemon, quartered
4 sprigs of rosemary


1. In a medium-sized shallow mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, a generous sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper, the rosemary and crushed garlic.

2. Place the lamb chops in the marinade and baste them well. Set the chops aside in a cool place and leave them to marinate for 2 hours, basting frequently.

3. Heat the grill to high. Remove the chops from the marinade and reserve the marinade. Place the lamb chops on the grill rack 7.5 cm (3 in) from heat. Grill the chops for 4–6 minutes on each side, basting with the marinade.

4. Remove the chops from the grill and place them on a warmed serving plate. Spoon the remaining marinade over the chops, garnish and serve immediately.

Lamb chops marinated and cooked with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and rosemary make a simple, yet delicious lunch or supper dish. Serve with a crisp green or tomato salad and crusty French bread and butter.

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Food safety!!!
posted by Sam @ 10:39AM, 12/17/08
Am stunned to see that this recipe recommends serving the marinade that RAW meat has been sitting in with the cooked chops. Basic food safety - separate raw from cooked!!
Food sense!!!
posted by Larry @ 04:26PM, 3/29/09
I am guessing they mean the marinade that hasn't touched the chops.
Food safety
posted by J. Cousin @ 02:56PM, 4/10/09
Surely the remaining marinade can be heated through in a small saucepan before being spooned over the chops
Lemon juice?
posted by cantcook @ 11:41PM, 4/15/09
Would putting the chops in lemon juice marinade for 2 hours 'cook' the meat? Is this still ok?
posted by Matt Farrell @ 02:00PM, 11/15/09
If you are using good quality meat you can use the marinade quite safely, common misconception that raw meat is bad for you as you can eat beef and even chicken raw if you bought it from a reliable and safe supplier.

Although if your not sure heat it though only bring it up to about 80/90 degrees will kill any harmful bacteria
Food H&S gone mad
posted by C.McDonnell @ 10:24AM, 4/18/10
Calm down!! There is nothing wrong with putting the marinade on afterwards especially if you have bought good quality meat.

Asides, this is a good recipe and easy to use. Nice one

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