Lamb with Chianti Vinaigrette

I’ve been going through all my food photos and need to play catch-up with posting these recipes.

This was one of the first recipes I watched on TV. .  Everyday Italian with Giada. .  I love meat and had never cooked meat before with wine. .  my husband is the griller of the household so I usually never grill or cook the meat/steak/tri-tip whatever. .  he always grills it outside. .  But after I watched how easy this recipe was and saw the chance to buy a new grill pan. .  my heart started to flutter and I got really excited. This recipe also introduced me to my – now fave- Chianti (from Trader Joe’s; it’s only like $4.99 or something like that. Good, cheap cooking wine but also tastes good).

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 to 6 lamb rib or loin chops
  • 2 cups Chianti (or other red wine)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped freshrosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning

DIRECTIONS

Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Grill until caramel-colored grill marks appear, and an instant-read meat thermometer registers 125 degrees F. for medium-rare, about 5 to 7 minutes per side, depending on thickness. I do see why people grill outside. Leave your vent on while you cook if you are cooking inside on the grill pan. 🙂

Meanwhile, place the wine in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil gently until reduced to 1 cup, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. Whisk in the honey until dissolved. Add the extra-virgin olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.

Serve the lamb chops on a platter with a serving bowl of the Chianti vinaigrette alongside for drizzling over the meat.

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