Lamb with Mint Gremolata

Lamb with Mint Gremolata

Have you ever had a Lamb Saratoga chop? Neither had I. But they looked so pretty in the butcher’s case at Whole Foods that I splurged for a fancy Saturday night dinner. According to this site, a Saratoga roll “refers to a boneless center lamb roast obtained from the blade portion of the lamb shoulder and is also known as a chuck eye lamb roast.”

Now that we got the lamb anatomy lesson out of the way, I can tell you what it tasted like. My mom was right on when she said it was like a lamb filet mignon. The chops were small, very lean and super tender. Almost melt in your mouth tender. And since they were so lean, they didn’t have as strong a game-y flavor as most lamb chops.

I grilled the chops simply with a little salt and pepper, then topped them off with a little mint gremolata. Gremolata is just a fancy word for chopped herbs, garlic and lemon zest. The mint and lemon were an extremely refreshing counterpoint to the lamb, and the raw garlic added just the right amount of bite.

I served the chops with a simple heirloom tomato salad and Pepita Rice Pilaf. It was pretty much the perfect meal for a summer night and a great way to officially kick off the grilling season.

Lamb with Mint Gremolata

4 lamb saratoga chops, or same quantity lamb loin chops (about 1.5 lbs.)
1 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chopped mint leaves
3 large cloves garlic
zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp. olive oil

Preheat your grill to medium-high. Sprinkle the chops with salt and pepper on both sides then place them on the grill. Let the chops cook for 7 minutes on each side, or until they’re charred on the outside and quite pink on the inside.

Since the thickness of your chops and the heat of your grill will vary, check them often. They should be springy when you poke them with tongs, but not too springy. (Hope that helps!)

While your chops are cooking, make the gremolata by combining the ingredients in a small bowl.

When your chops are ready, serve them with a big spoonful of gremolata over them.

Makes 4 servings.

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8 Comments

  1. I should not read my RSS feeds first thing in the morning. This post has made me so hungry, cannot wait for the day to end so I can cook dinner now.

    This looks really, really, good. I think it has to be tried very soon. Love the picture too.

    // Mike

  2. Mel- I don’t have any idea how I found my site, but after looking through practically all of your recipes – you are a goddess. These all look so good. I am a graduating high school senior on my way to culinary school. The flavor profile of all your food is so… fresh? I think is the right term.

    I’ve had the opportunity to only make a few of your recipes, but I’ve loved everything. If I had all the time and money in the world, I’d just make these recipes. Thank you so much for your contributions.

  3. *your site

    oops

  4. DeWitt – Thank you so much for your comment! I wish you the best of luck at culinary school, and I hope you’ll stop by and share your culinary wisdom with everyone here :)

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  6. My husband and I had this for dinner this past Sunday, and it was awesome! I’ve never cooked with mint before, so I was a little hesitant, but I really adored the mint sauce with the lamb. We couldn’t grill, but pan-searing worked great, too. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. Bought the same lamb at whole foods a few weeks ago. Put in my freezer and have been wanting to make them but haven’t found a recipe. Thanks for posting, going to try this one out.

  8. I found out about Saratoga chops last December, so I tried them on the grill for a family gathering. I smeared them with bit of olive oil, crushed garlic and fresh thyme, then put them on a really slow smoker grill (210F) for about 5 hours, using apple chips for smoke. Yum. Can’t wait to try the Gremolata.

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