Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Night Supper: Planked Lamb Chops with Feta Topping

Have you ever cooked with a grilling plank? I have been wanting to for a long time. Actually, for over a year and a half. We got some grilling planks as a wedding present, and I'm embarrassed to say that I have just discovered how amazing they are! It is so easy, and gives your food the best smokey flavor.

Tonight, I made Gena Knox's Herb Crusted Lamb Chops with Feta Topping. YUM. Now I am determined to make every recipe in her cookbook Gourmet Made Simple. These were incredible.

You'll need:
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 lamb loins or rib chops, each 1 and 1/4 inches thick
  • 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 15-inch cedar or oak grilling plank, soaked

First, you'll need to soak your grilling plank for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours. I soaked mine in plain water in the kitchen sink for 1 hour. Gena suggests experimenting different liquids like beer, wine and juice. Must try that next.

Next, preheat your grill to medium-low heat.

Grab your parsley...

And chop it up...

Do the same with your rosemary.

Grab a garlic clove...

And chop away...I usually use my mincer but decided to chop tonight.

Next you'll need to zest the lemons.

In a small bowl, combine parsley, rosemary, garlic, lemon zest and olive oil. 

Stir and season generously with salt and pepper.

In another bowl, mix the bread crumbs with the feta.

Then add about half of the herb mixture to the bread crumbs/feta. Set this aside. This is good enough to eat by itself, with a fork. Yep, did it.

You'll need to get your grilling planks in hand now. Place the soaked plank on the grill. Close the lid and heat for 3 minutes. Mine caught on fire, so I had to lower the temp! 

Spread the herb mixture on the lamb chops like so...

Once your 3 minutes are up, flip the planks with some grill tongs and put the chops directly on the heated side of the plank. Close the lid and cook for 6 minutes. 

Once the 6 minutes are up, put the feta mixture equally on all of the chops. Don't turn the chops...I was royally confused about this. Had to emergency call my mom and read the directions to make sure I wasn't crazy.

Close the lid and cook for another 5-6 minutes. Remove the chops and the plank from the grill...the great thing about this is you just remove the whole plank onto something that can take heat, like a cookie sheet. Tent the chops with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.

And...voila! Gorgeous and absolutely to die for.

Our meal rounded out with some Trader Joe's mashed potatoes and greens - both in the frozen section.

Anyone have any other recipes for grilling planks? I'm hooked.


Kakhi said...

I have Gina Know, Southern My Way, but haven't cooked anything in it yet. Glad to see she's good!

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