Saturday, April 09, 2005

grilled lamb shoulder chops

i would love to prepare a whole leg of lamb with this marinade but...only my daughter and i like lamb in this household. we've done this with lamb rib chops but i had a few packs of shoulder chops in the freezer intended for caldereta (stew with liver sauce). somehow i could not get around to making it--the thought that only i would eat it as one of my secret pots didn't move me.
so i experimented with this. and it turned out wonderfully. they had pizza from the young Greek guys around the corner, and i had these. after her meat lovers slice, daughter said, okay now i'll have some mom.

marinate chops in olive oil, enough to coat each piece generously, 4 fat garlic cloves, smashed well, freshly ground black pepper, a splash of Worcestershire sauce, and a couple of teaspoons of Maggi liquid seasoning.
my rosemary plants have passed away in the awful brutal winter that we just endured so i rummaged in my vegetable bin and tried one stalk of smashed young garlic instead. grate a lemon and use about 1 tsp. of zest and mix everything well. marinate for at least an hour, or overnight in the refrigerator.
grill or broil about 3 minutes per side.
it was garlicky great! i will try this with pork butt cubes next time too, until i can recruit more members of this family to try lamb...