Grilled Lamb Chops with Lemon Relish

June 2009
Grilled Lamb Chops with Lemon Relish

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Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 15 mins

  • 1 red onion, cut crosswise into 4 pieces
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 lemons, cut into 8 slices each and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons pitted oil-cured black olives, chopped
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 18 1-inch-thick rib lamb chops (about 31/2 pounds), trimmed and at room temperature
  1. Preheat a charcoal grill. Lightly brush the onion pieces with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the onion and lemon slices to the grill, placing the lemon slices around the perimeter so they don't scorch. Grill the lemon, turning, until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Grill the onion, turning, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  2. Chop the lemons and onions together until a coarse paste forms; transfer to a bowl. Mix in the olives, parsley, oregano, garlic and 6 tablespoons olive oil; season with pepper.
  3. Rub the lamb chops lightly with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Grill, turning once, for 5 minutes, then flip onto their edges (fatty and bone sides) and cook until browned, about 1 minute per side for medium-rare. Let rest for 2 minutes. Serve with lemon relish.
Tip Hot stuff
  • Spike the relish with some crushed red pepper.