Monday, March 14, 2011

Lamb Cutlets with Mint Gremolata

I hardly cook lamb at home and can probably use the fingers on one hand to count the number of times I have actually done so. But I do occassionally order a lamb dish when dining outside. I know some folks can't stand eating lamb (maybe it's an Asian thing). They say that lamb has a strong gamey smell and no matter how you cook it, they simply cannot eat it. I personally don't have that issue, be it cooked in curries or western dish.

As I was cooking for myself only on a Sunday evening, I decided to buy a couple of lamb cutlets rather than a french rack. I think lamb cooked in a roast or grilled should be eaten immediately. The meat tends to get a bit tougher the next day. However if it was a curry dish, to me it always taste better the next day. This particular recipe was so easy to do that it was ready in less than 30 minutes. It's a simple dish but I think quite elegant to serve if you are having guests over. Best of all, you really don't have to slave behind a stove and get all sticky and flustered.

lamb cutlet 3

lamb cutlet 2

Lamb Cutlets with Mint Gremolata
Recipe Adapted from "Quick & Easy Working Dinners" by Periplus
Serves 2


4 french-trimmed lamb cutlets
2 Tbsp fresh mint leaves
1/2 Tbsp flat leaf parsley
1 clove garlic
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste


1) To make the gremolata, finely chop the mint, parsley and garlic together. Add in the lemon zest, combine and set aside.

2) Season the cutlets and leave for about 15 minutes.

3) Heat a chargrill pan to very hot. Lightly brush with the oil. Cook the cutlets over medium heat for 2 minutes on each side, or cook to your preference. Remove and rest the meat for about 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle the gremolata on top of the cutlets before serving.

4) Serve the cutlets with your favourite vegetables or sides. I served mine with oven roasted vine tomatoes, seasoned with olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Together with this I added pan fried cubed russet potatoes seasoned with a pinch of dried mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

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lamb cutlet 1


Jean said...

they look really mouthwatering and delicious! i know a lot of folks who don't like lamb because of its gamey smell. but my dad is a big fan of lamb chops. it's like his default western set meal option. think he'll be drooling at your dish if he sees it hehe

busygran said...

I'm not a lamb person but nevertheless it looks good and juicy!

Edith said...

Now when are you cooking for me? hahahah... This one looks like having it in a hotel.

Angie's Recipes said...

Jo, your lamb dish looks so mouthwatering. I love the mint gremolate.

Marina Mott said...


Janine said...

wow your lamb chops look so nicely trimmed :) the tomatoes look perfectly roasted too!

Pei-Lin said...

I'd happy to eat by myself if I were served this dish ... I love Periplus mini cookbooks, too!

Take care! =)

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