Lamb Chops, Marinated

These lamb chops can be purchased at your local butcher and cook very quickly on the BBQ or in a heavy skillet.  Do not buy aged lamb for this recipe.

 12 – 16 rib lamb chops, about ½ inch thick
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 shallots
2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ cup olive oil
1 Tablespoon finely minced fresh rosemary
1 Tablespoon fine minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 Tablespoon fresh)
Coarsely ground black pepper
Coarse salt

 Combine the vinegar, shallots, mustard and 6 tablespoons of the oil in a bowl and whisk until well blended.  Add the herbs and season with coarse pepper.  Place the chops in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over the chops.  Marinate for ~ 30 minutes at room temperature.

Prepare the BBQ and when the coals are hot, cook the lamb chops on each side about 3 minutes.  Check for level of doneness you prefer.  Sprinkle with coarse salt and transfer to a serving dish.

The chops can also be cooked in a skillet.  Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.  Remove the chops from the marinade and place in skillet without crowding.  Sauté until browned on both sides ~ 6-7 minutes.  Sprinkle with coarse salt.

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