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Apple-Mint Lamb Chops

Apple-Mint Lamb Chops

Chef Marcela Valladolid of "The Kitchen" is preparing a delicious lamb dish with homemade apple-mint salsa.
Ingredients for Apple-Mint Salsa
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, unpeeled, diced into ¼ inch cubes
  • ¼ cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt
Ingredients for Lamb Chops
  • 2 tablespoons whole
  • black peppercorns
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped
  • fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped
  • fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • 2 racks of lamb(about 2 pounds total), sliced into individual chops (or buy 2 pounds individual lamb chops)


Directions for Salsa

1) For the apple-mint salsa, put the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a heavy medium pot and bring to a boil.

2) Add the diced apple and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Add the mint and vinegar and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt.

Directions for Lamb Chops

1) For the lamb chops, place the whole peppercorns in a molcajete and grind until coarse.

2) Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

3) Place the garlic cloves in the molcajete and grind until it becomes a paste.

4) Combine the garlic with the pepper. Add the herbs to the

5) Molcajete and mash until coarse. Add the herbs to the pepper and garlic and mix to combine. Add ½ cup of the olive oil to the herb and garlic paste and season to taste with salt.

6) Place the lamb chops on a work surface and season each side with salt.

7) the herb and garlic paste on both sides of the lamb chops.

8) Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a grill pan over high heat. Add the chops and sear for about 2 minutes per side for medium doneness.

9) Transfer the chops to a platter and serve with the apple- mint salsa.

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