Dry Rub Lamb Chops with Mint Yogurt Sauce

Dry Rub Lamb Chops with Mint Yogurt Sauce

This week was long but short, eventful but inadequate as are all holiday weeks. I spent long afternoons lying in the sun like a lizard—I hope my skin doesn’t look like that of a lizard in 20 years—read, cooked, organized my life a bit, and ended my wonderful week with an amazing Easter dinner at John’s mom’s. What a great way to conclude my week!

Any lamb lovers out there?

I know that lamb can be an acquired taste for some. For me, the journey of falling in love with lamb was an early and swift one. It was love at a young age, effortless love, instant love, a bolt of thunder as the French would say: un coup de foudre. It was an enduring love, though, that still turns me giddy with excitement every time. I love lamb. I always have.

I shall rather say that I love lamb that’s well prepared—lamb that’s full of flavor but not greasy. In this Dry Rub Lamb Chops with Mint Yogurt Sauce recipe, the lamb chops are baked which melts away most of the fat rendering surprisingly lean and crisp-tender lamb chops. The mint yogurt sauce is fresh and light and adds a hint of sweetness that suits lamb really well.

This recipe is from my cookbook Marrakesh Express.

Dry Rub Lamb Chops with Mint Yogurt Sauce Recipe

4 servings

For the lamb chops

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 16 lamb chops

For the sauce

  • 4 ounces plain yogurt
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

In a shallow plate, combine the salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon. Mix until blended. Dredge both sides of the lamb chops in the spice mixture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush a large pan with vegetable oil and arrange the lamb chops in it, side by side. Bake until medium well, 5 to 7 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, put the yogurt, mint, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.

Serve the lamb chops immediately, accompanied by the mint yogurt sauce.

Jennifer Dumas

My name is Jennifer! Welcome to Dinners and Dreams. My goal here is to encourage you to try out recipes you never thought you could make at home. Furthermore, I also review products that I have used in the past or currently using to make every day buying decisions easier and to ensure you get the best value for your money.

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