I’m always on the lookout for good grilling recipes, and this one is unique. Its’ lamb chops Tunisian style. Honestly, I did not know that grilling is popular in Tunisian culture; and this dish is a departure from the usual burgers and hot dogs. The only difference I see in this recipe is that it uses grated lemon rind and lemon juice. That gives the recipe a pleasant tang and elevates the lowly lamb chops to a whole other level. So, set up the grill, whether charcoal or gas, and go at it. This dish is a change from the norm, and you won’t be disappointed.

GRILLED LAMB CHOPS, TUNISIAN STYLE

Ingredients:

4 large lamb chops, or 6-8 small chops, about 1-inch thick
Salt and ground back pepper to taste
1½ to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon rind
¼ cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon fresh minced parsley
1 to 1½ tablespoons  lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Heat grill over high heat until almost smoking.
  2.  Sprinkle the chops with salt and pepper and brush them with the olive oil. Grill chops, turning after 3 minutes and cooking until desired doneness (3 minutes for medium rare and 3½ minutes for medium).
  3.  Arrange on a platter, scatter the lemon rind, onion and parsley over them and sprinkle with the lemon juice. Serve at once.
    Yield: 4 servings.