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American Lamb

  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN

A friend sent me eight lamb loin chops from an American lamb farmer, and I was eager to try them. After a quick marinade in garlic, olive oil and a hit of balsamic vinegar, I seared them and finished them in the oven. They were tender, succulent and lamb-y. It was like the lamb of my childhood—packed with flavor, not like the overbred bland lamb I've grown accustomed to.

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  1. 8 lamb loin chops, (preferably American), about 1 1/2-inches thick
  2. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1/2 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  4. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  5. 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  6. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. In a resealable plastic bag, combine the lamb with the garlic, rosemary, vinegar, 1/4 cup of the oil and very generous pinches of salt and pepper. Seal the bag and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Drain the lamb, reserving the marinade.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425°. Heat the remaining oil in a large ovenproof skillet until shimmering. Add the lamb and cook until browned all over, about 6 minutes, turning once. Add the marinade, transfer to the oven and roast for about 5 minutes longer for medium-cooked lamb.