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Pomegranate-Glazed Lamb Chops

This dish is a variation on shashlik po karsky, a lamb riblet kebab that was popular in the USSR. For the marinade, Anya von Bremzen uses pomegranate molasses, which also acts as a sweet-tangy glaze.

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  • Servings: 6

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  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 10 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/3 cup pomegranate molasses

  • 3 tablespoons dried mint, crushed

  • 2 tablespoons dried rosemary, crushed

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • Three 2 1/4-pound frenched racks of lamb, cut into individual chops

  • Herbed and Spiced Plum Compote, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil with the garlic, pomegranate molasses, mint, rosemary, 2 teaspoons of salt and a generous pinch of pepper. Add the lamb chops and turn to coat with the pomegranate glaze; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Lightly season the chops with salt and pepper; grill over moderately high heat, turning, until they are lightly charred outside and medium-rare within, 4 to 6 minutes. Serve the lamb with the Plum Compote.

Suggested Pairing

Serve these lightly sweet lamb chops with a medium-bodied red. Try a red cherry-scented Côtes du Rhône.

Contributed By Photo © Fredrika Stjärne Published September 2013

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