Sunday, March 8, 2009

Apple-Glazed Lamb Chops

Welcome back, Grill!!! Woo hoo! That's right, it was so warm this weekend (mid 70s - yes!), that we did the only acceptable thing... fired up the grill! Following is one of our most favorite grill meals. Lamb chops can make this meal pricier, so buy them when they are on sale! Also, this meal recommends that you make a side dish of couscous - do this!! It makes the meal extra delicious!

Extra bonus: This meal is listed as low fat AND fast to make in our recipe book!!!


Ingredients:

3 tbsp apple jelly
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp curry powder
Dash ground cinnamon
Dash ground red pepper
2 small red and/or green apples, cut crosswise in 1/4" slices
Lemon juice
8 lamb loin chops, cut 1" thick (~2 lbs)
Hot cooked couscous (optional)
1 tbsp snipped fresh mint


Instructions:

1. For glaze, in a small saucepan cook and stir apple jelly, green onion, soy sauce, lemon juice, curry powder, cinnamon, and red pepper over medium heat until bubbly; remove from heat.
2. Remove seeds from apple slices; brush slices with lemon juice. Set aside.
3. Trim fat from chops. For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place chops on grill rack over heat.
4. Cover and grill to desired doneness, turning and brushing once halfway through grilling. Allow 12-14 mins for medium rare (145 degrees) and 15 - 17 for medium (160 degrees).
5. Place apple slices on grill rack next to chops for the last 5 mins of grilling, turning and brushing once with glaze halfway through grilling.
6. Serve chops with grilled apples and, if desired, couscous. Sprinkle with mint.

Grilling for some people (like us) is not easy. We have definitely had some chops end up on our deck and have nearly lost a couple of apple slices through the grill rack; however, this meal is worth practicing your grill-skills! Opening and drinking a bottle of red wine as you cook helps (just keep it away from the open flame)! I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!!

Nutrition facts per serving: 248 cal, 7 g total fat (2 g sat fat), 80 mg chol, 306 mg sodium, 19 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 26 g pro
Daily Values: 1% vit A, 11% vit C, 2% calcium, 15% iron
Exchanges: 1/2 other carbs, 3 1/2 very lean meat, 1 fat

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