Grilled Lamb Chops with Curry, Apple, and Raisin Sauce
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups chopped onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons curry powder, or to taste
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
2 teaspoons white pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 lemon (including peel), seeded and finely chopped
3 cups apples - peeled, cored, and chopped
1 cup applesauce
2/3 cup dark raisins
2/3 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon water, if needed (optional)
6 (4 ounce) lamb chops
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with olive oil, and cook the onions and garlic until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes. Stir in curry powder, coriander, cumin, salt, white pepper, thyme, lemon, apples, applesauce, dark raisins, and golden raisins until thoroughly combined. Bring the mixture to a boil, turn down the heat to a simmer, cover, and simmer the sauce until it has the consistency of applesauce and the raisins are plump and starting to break apart, about 1 hour. Mix in a tablespoon of water if sauce starts to become too thick.
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil the grate. Sprinkle the lamb chops with seasoned salt.
Grill on the preheated grate until the chops are well-browned, cooked to your desired color of pink inside, and show grill marks, 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a chop, not touching bone, should read about 145 degrees C (65 degrees C). Serve the lamb chops with the sauce on the side.
Grilled Lamb with Brown Sugar Glaze
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons dried tarragon
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 lamb chops
In a medium bowl, mix brown sugar, ginger, tarragon, cinnamon, pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Rub lamb chops with the seasonings, and place on a plate. Cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat grill for high heat.
Brush grill grate lightly with oil, and arrange lamb chops on grill. Cook 5 minutes on each side, or to desired doneness.
Herb Marinated Lamb Chops
1/4 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh mint
1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
4 (1 inch thick) bone in lamb loin chops
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the wine, soy sauce, mint, basil, pepper and garlic; add the lamb chops. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Drain and discard marinade. Grill lamb, uncovered, over medium heat or broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium, a meat thermometer should read 160 degrees F; well-done, 170 degrees F).
Summer Lamb Kabobs
5 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1 inch pieces
6 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried sage
4 cloves garlic, chopped
4 green bell peppers, cut into large chunks
1 (10 ounce) package whole fresh mushrooms
1 (16 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained with juice reserved
1 pint cherry tomatoes
4 onions, quartered
1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained and juice reserved
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
Place lamb in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, stir together mustard, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, sage, and garlic. Pour over lamb, and mix to coat meat. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat outdoor grill for direct heat.
Add marinated lamb, fruit, and vegetables to stainless steel or bamboo skewers. Reserve some of the juice from pineapple chunks and cherries.
In a small bowl, stir together melted butter and splashes of juice from the pineapples and cherries to create a basting sauce.
Place skewers on preheated grill, and cook about 12 minutes, turning and brushing with butter sauce.