Lemon & Oregano Lamb Chops

Lemon & Oregano Lamb Chops

Juicy lamb chops take a trip to the Middle East with a quick herb-and-lemon rub and a tangy cucumber-tahini sauce. Serve with couscous or rice pilaf and a green salad.

From EatingWell: January/February 2011, EatingWell One-Pot Meals
Yield: 4 servings, 2 lamb chops & 3 tablespoons sauce each
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 45

Ingredients

  1. Freshly grated zest of 2 lemons
  2. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
  3. 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  4. Freshly ground pepper to taste
  5. 8 lamb loin chops (1 1/2-1 3/4 pounds total), trimmed
  6. 1/4 cup tahini (see Tip)
  7. 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt, preferably Greek-style
  8. 1/4 cup diced seeded cucumber, peeled if desired
  9. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  10. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  11. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  12. 1-3 tablespoons water
  13. 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine lemon zest, oregano, 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture onto both sides of lamb chops and set aside for at least 10 minutes or refrigerate for up to 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, combine tahini, yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, garlic, parsley and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Whisk in enough water to thin the sauce to desired consistency.
  4. Heat oil in a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lamb chops and cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn them over and transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into a chop registers 135°F for medium-rare, 8 to 14 minutes, depending on thickness. Serve the chops with the tahini sauce.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare sauce (Step 3), cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Prepare rub and rub onto lamb chops (Step 2) and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.
  • Tip: Tahini is a thick paste of ground sesame seeds. Look for it in large supermarkets in the Middle Eastern section or near other nut butters.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 284 calories; 17 g fat (4 g sat, 8 g mono); 68 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 1 g fiber; 429 mg sodium; 432 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (27% daily value), Zinc (26% dv)

1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 carbohydrate (other), 3 lean meat, 2 fat