When I was younger I had a serious love of lamb and duck. Chicken and beef were fine and all, but somehow I preferred less common variations on the same theme. As I have grown older I have re-discovered chicken and beef, particularly when cooking for myself at home (partially because they are so much cheaper than the alternatives). I would say that we make lamb about once every 3-4 months, and the same with duck. And when we do make lamb, it tends to be ground lamb - perhaps lamb burgers or lamb kebobs. In the past year I think we have only made lamb chops once and they were shoulder chops for our Indian Lamb Chops with Curried Cauliflower, rather than loin chops or rib chops. So I guess in another 3-4 months we will attempt some lamb loin chops. And after today's experiment I am looking forward to the loin chops!
These Charmoula Lamb Chops were delicious. Charmoula (or chermoula) is a sort of Middle Eastern variation on chimichurri that is used in Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian cooking. In this charmoula I used mint, cilantro and parsley in addition to evoo, garlic, shallot and lemon juice, but I have seen other recipes that are vastly different. I even found a recipe that called for red bell pepper. But it is my understanding that the common components to any charmoula are herbs, oil, lemon juice and spices. I love that this charmoula is fresh and flavorful. It really makes lamb, which can come off as a little heavy and greasy, taste vibrant and fresh. The only problem is that the chops could have used a hint more char. That was partially my fault because I was afraid to really turn the heat up without burning the herbs in the marinade or overcooking the lamb, since I prefer it medium-rare. But a little more char is definitely in order in the future. A grill would really help with that, but unfortunately I don't have access to one. I think this dish would be a really nice dinner party entree. I actually said the same thing about the Rainbow Trout we made last night, but I think this would be even more ideal. The dish is elegant and refined, as well as delicious.
Recipe after the jump!
Charmoula Lamb Chops