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Grilled Lamb Chops with Ammoglio Sauce

Grilled Lamb Chops with Ammoglio Sauce

I can't believe how fast Easter came and went. Grilled Lamb Chops with Ammoglio Sauce is something you will find here most Easters. I couldn't believe that the weekend was approaching fast and I hadn't even bought any thing to make yet for the holiday.



Easter doesn't seem the same unless we are grilling lamb. My father was the grill master and he was quite the expert at making perfect lamb chops for Easter weekend. I have to say honestly, I don't have much of a grilling desire in me. I guess it's because everyone around me does it so well. My husband grills. My mom grills. Even my mother-in-law grills! Really, what is there not to love about grilling? It's seriously so easy to do and the mess is all outside. You don't have to worry too much about the cleanup and also about the strong smells that you get when you grill inside. I do like to grill inside. I must have one or two George Foreman grills that my mom gave me and I also have a large stove top grill somewhere in my pan cabinet.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Ammoglio Sauce


But let's talk about these chops; they are just too gorgeous to ignore! You have to make a little marinade to put on the chops and let the chops sit it in a for a bit. Our chops marinaded for about one hour on the counter. I am not telling you to leave it on the counter; you should marinade it in the fridge just to be safe. But we did leave it on the counter and every thing was fine. After it's all lovely and marinaded, you grill them up! While the chops are marinading, you have to whip up the ammoglio sauce that is amazing!
Grilled Lamb Chops with Ammoglio Sauce



This sauce is the sauce of dreams! It truly is dreamy and wonderful. Ammoglio sauce (in Sicilian: Ammogghiu)of Sicilian origins, but I also know my Calabrian mother-in-law makes it.  As with most things in Italy, this sauce varies in Sicily from region to region, family to family. It's so simple to put together. I honestly don't even measure as I go along, but I put together some measurements to help you along.
Grilled Lamb Chops with Ammoglio Sauce


You can adjust the flavoring to your taste as you're making it. Like a little more garlic flavor? Go ahead! Add more chopped garlic! Like it more tart from the lemon? NO problem...one more lemon is just fine. I used some lovely ugly tomatoes that my mom brought over (they were ugly, but sweet and delightful!). Now this sauce should be made a bit before so all the flavors will sit and come together wonderfully. Of course, it was all a little last minute here, so it didn't get too sit very long, but will still just perfect!!


Grilled Lamb Chops with Ammoglio Sauce

by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: approx 10 minutes

Ingredients (2.5 pounds of lamb chops)
  • Lamb chops:
  • 2.5 pounds of lamb chops
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • finely chopped fresh mint
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ammoglio sauce:
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 large tomatoes (I used Ugly Tomatoes), chopped in small pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
for the lamb chops: In a small bowl, whisk together the lamb marinade ingredients. Toss the marinade over the lamb chops and incorporate it well. Marinade the chops for a minimum of one hour in the refrigerator (or even overnight)
for the ammoglio: In a medium bowl, whisk together the ammoglio ingredients. Set aside at room temperature for at least 45 minutes.
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
Remove lamb from the marinade.
Grill to desired doneness. When you see the markings on both sides, you can see it sweating and it's done at medium rare (on our grill, it took about 5 minutes per side).
When the lamb chops are grilled, spoon the sauce over the lamb chops on a serving platter and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.

15 comments

  1. Ok now I'm seriously drooling, grilled lamb chops are one of my favorite meats! I love your sauce too, I can't wait ti try it!

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  2. These are just beautiful, and the sauce sounds fantastic - so fresh and bursting with great flavors! And I loved the encouraging way you welcomed us to all adjust and play with the balance in the sauce as we make it, to totally make it our own!

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  3. Wow! Give me a knife that can cut this out of my computer to eat!

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  4. My husband loves lamb! I can't wait to make this for him!

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  5. OMG This looks amazing! I'm an Italian-American and I've never heard of it. Just printed it out to try!

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  6. I can't believe I've never heard of this sauce before

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  7. Grilled lamb is my favorite! It's such an underrated protein!

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  8. These lamb chops and that ammoglio sauce sound heavenly! The U.S. really needs to get with it and eat more lamb like the rest of the world!

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  9. Sounds so flavorful and delish! I've never cooked lamb before --- but this is the perfect way to start!!

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  10. Grilled lamb might just be my favouritest thing in the world, and this sauce sounds like it would be the perfect thing to perk up the rich flavour of the lamb. Easter might already be over, but I'm sure I can come up with a good excuse to make these!

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  11. This looks SOOO good Lora. I love grilling so this one is right up my alley. I've never tried this sauce before, it has to go on my must try list, immediately.

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  12. Looks marvellous! I was going to grill lamb this Easter, too, but alas the weather did not cooperate. Had to make due with the oven...

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  13. That sauce sounds amazing. I love how flexible it is!

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