Lemon and Herb Lamb Chops | Hungry for the Holidays

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These chops are impressive finger food and take only minutes to braise. Finish them with a quick mint-herb sauce and you have a perfect pairing. FULL RECIPE BELOW.

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MUSIC:
“We wish you a merry Christmas” by Jive Ass Sleepers

Lamb Lollipop Chops
Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:
4 small cloves garlic
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons olive oil for marinade, plus 2 tablespoons for cooking
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 lamb rib chops, frenched

PROCESS:
-Remove the lamb from the fridge 1 hour before you plan to cook it.
TIP: bringing meat to room temperature allows for even cooking. If the meat is cold when you cook it, the outside will be overdone by the time the inside is cooked.
-Using a mortar and pestle, pound garlic with ¾ teaspoon salt.
-Add several grinds of pepper, rosemary, and lemon zest and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
-Rub this mixture on both sides of the lamb chops, place in a glass bowl and let marinate in fridge for several hours, or overnight.
-Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over high heat for 2 minutes.
-Swirl in 2 tablespoons olive oil.
-Sear the lamb for 2 minutes on each side. (Do this step in batches).

Mint-herb sauce (optional):
1 cup mint leaves
1 cup chopped scallions
Zest of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

-In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse to combine mint, scallions, lemon zest and juice, ½ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of black pepper.
-While the blade is spinning, drizzle in the olive oil.
-Taste for seasoning.

Credits:
Director: Eric Slatkin
Producer: Emily Mraz
Camera: Eric Slatkin
Grip/Lighting: James Navaira
Food Stylist: Valerie Aikman-Smith – www.valerieaikman-smith.com
Culinary Asst: Sandra Tripicchio – www.slicedbreadstudio.com
Set Decoration: Kevin Van – Instagram: @heyprez
Recipes: Maria Zizka — www.mariazizka.com
Editors: Jacob Metiva, Jeremiah Mayhew and Justin Smith
Title Graphics: Lydia Baillergeau – www.byairjo.com
Dinner Cast: Byron Talbott, Rachel Talbott, Caroline Mi Li Artiss, Amy Shuster, Ben Taylor, Tammy La, Donnie Scantz, Scott Bridges, Jackie Hsu

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