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Lamb Chops with Lemon, Thyme & Mustard Butter

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Serves 4

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 84

These French-inspired lamb chops cook under the broiler, so they're quick and flavorful.

  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, lightly chopped
  • 3/4 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt; more as needed
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper; more as needed
  • 8 lamb loin chops (1-1/2- to 2-inch-thick chops; about 3 lb.), trimmed

In a small bowl, mash together the butter, mustard, thyme, zest, salt, and pepper until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Position an oven rack 5 to 6 inches from the broiler element and heat the broiler to high. Line the bottom of a broiler pan with foil and replace the perforated top part of the pan. Arrange the chops on the pan. Season both sides of the lamb generously with salt and pepper. Broil until the first side is wellbrowned, about 8 minutes. Turn the chops over with tongs and continue to broil until they’re well browned and the center is cooked to your liking, 3 to 5 minutes longer for medium rare (cut into a chop near the bone to check).

Transfer the lamb to serving plates and top each chop with a dab of the flavored butter. Serve hot.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with sautéed haricots verts or green beans with almonds, and new potatoes.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 720; Fat (g): fat g 57; Fat Calories (kcal): 510; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 27; Protein (g): protein g 50; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 22; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 0; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 500; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 225; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I have never cooked lamb before. I even made the suggested side dishes and it was a huge hit. My family loved it and asked me to make it again. I have three teenagers and they couldn't get over how good everything was. They have requested a repeat of this meal next week.

Easy and just delicious

homey comfort great for family dining.

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