Grilled Lamb Chops and Zucchini with Mint
Created by Judy Rodgers, Zuni Café, San Francisco
Servings: Serves 4
  • 4 to 6 loin lamb chops (2 1/4 pounds), about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound zucchini
  • 2 teaspoons light olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 12 fresh mint leaves , coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil , for drizzling
  • Directions
    Season lamb with salt and pepper; set aside. Cut zucchini into 1/4-inch-thick slices and sprinkle both sides evenly with salt and pepper. Set aside on paper towels.

    Light a charcoal grill and let burn until coals are glowing red. (Or heat a grill pan on stovetop.) Grill lamb chops 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer chops to one side of grill to keep warm.

    Pat zucchini dry, then coat with olive oil. Arrange in a single layer on grill. Cook until tender and grill-marked, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Meanwhile, stir together vinegar and sugar.

    Remove zucchini and arrange on a large platter. Scatter mint over zucchini, then drizzle with sweetened vinegar. Add a few grinds of pepper and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Tilt dish to distribute seasonings. Place lamb chops on top of zucchini and serve.