Grilled Lamb Chops with Herb-Almond Pesto

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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4

In this dish the tangy, bright green pesto beautifully complements the rich flavor of the seared lamb chops. Serve with a sturdy Italian red wine or splurge on a bottle of Barolo for a simple but sublime midweek meal.


For the pesto:

  • 1 1/2 cups (1 1/2 oz./45 g) lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup (1 oz./30 g) lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup (1/2 oz./15 g) lightly packed fresh mint leaves
  • 3 Tbs. slivered almonds, lightly toasted
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. red or white balsamic vinegar

  • 8 lamb loin chops, each about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Prepare a hot fire in a grill.

To make the pesto, in a food processor, combine the basil, parsley, mint, almonds, garlic and 1 tsp. salt and process until coarsely chopped. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil and puree to a thick consistency. Scrape the pesto into a bowl and stir in the vinegar. Set aside.

Rub the lamb chops on all sides with the 2 Tbs. olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high to high heat until seared and nicely grill marked on the first side, about 3 minutes. Turn and grill on the second side for about 3 minutes longer for medium-rare. Transfer to a platter, tent with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes.

Arrange 2 chops on each of 4 dinner plates, spoon a generous dollop of pesto on the side and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Rustic Italian, by Domenica Marchetti


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