A new must-serve from the grill

A new must-serve from the grill

By Kristin Olszewski

Spring is the perfect time to fire up the grill and savor the fresh, vibrant flavors of the season. For a delicious spring meal that pairs beautifully with our Orange Wine, try this recipe for grilled lamb chops. With a simple marinade of fresh herbs, lemon, and garlic, the lamb chops are juicy, tender, and full of flavor. Pair them with a glass of our Orange Wine for a match made in heaven!

Grilled Lamb Chops with Lemon-Herb Marinade

Ingredients: For the Lamb Chops:

  • 8 lamb chops, frenched (about 2 lbs)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Lemon-Herb Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Marinade:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, thyme, mint, garlic, Dijon mustard, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

2. Marinate the Lamb Chops:

  1. Place the lamb chops in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag.
  2. Pour the marinade over the lamb chops, ensuring each chop is well coated.
  3. Cover the dish or seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours.

3. Grill the Lamb Chops:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Remove the lamb chops from the marinade and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill the lamb chops for 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare, or until they reach your desired doneness.
  4. Let the lamb chops rest for 5 minutes before serving.

4. Serve:

  1. Arrange the lamb chops on a platter and garnish with extra rosemary, thyme, or mint.
  2. Serve with your favorite spring sides, such as roasted asparagus or a fresh spring salad.

Wine Pairing: Nomadica’s Orange Wine

About Nomadica's Orange Wine:

  • Nomadica’s Orange Wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Albarino and Gruner Veltliner, crafted using skin contact fermentation for a vibrant and unique flavor profile.
  • Tasting Notes: Pineapple, jackfruit, honey and a hint of citrus zest with a pleasantly tannic finish.
  • Pairing Profile: The wine’s fruit-forward flavors and tannins complement the lamb chops' savory notes and balance the herbaceous marinade.

Why It Works:

  • Acidity & Tannins: The bright acidity and light tannins in the orange wine cut through the lamb’s richness while enhancing the flavors of the fresh herbs and lemon.
  • Aromatic Flavors: The wine’s stone fruit and citrus notes complement the marinade's lemon zest and garlic, creating a harmonious pairing.

We're always on the hunt for the BEST food and wine pairings, and orange wine is one of our fav food-friendly sippers. Pairing it alongside grilled lamb chops makes for an unforgettable spring meal. Whether you're entertaining friends or enjoying a quiet evening at home, this recipe will impress with its simple yet sophisticated flavors. So, uncork a can of our Orange Wine, fire up the grill, and celebrate the flavors of spring in style!