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September 15, 2017

American Lamb Loin Chops with Mint Pesto


Recipe Provided By
"Foodness Gracious"
Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

10 min

Total Time

25 min



American Lamb Loin Chops with Mint Pesto on plates


  • 9 American Lamb loin chops
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch cracked black pepper


Preheat grill to a high heat. 

In a food processor, combine basil, mint, pine nuts and garlic; pulse until smooth. With machine running, slowly pour in oil until smooth. Add Parmesan by hand; mix through with a spatula. 

Season each American Lamb loin chop with salt and pepper on both sides. Place chops onto hot grill. Sear 3 to 4 minutes; turn, moving chops to an indirect heat. Cook until internal temperature reaches 135°F for medium rare. 

Transfer cooked chops to a baking tray; let rest for 2 minutes. 

Brush Mint Pesto generously onto the surface of each loin chop. Serve at once with a side salad.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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