While this may seem like a complicated recipe, it's deceivingly simple. The lamb chops practically cook themselves in the broiler, and the pesto forms like presto after a whirl in the food processor.
The bright green star of the show is pesto made with mint, pistachios, and Pecorino Romano, rather than the typical trinity of basil, pine nuts, and Parmesan. Keep the mint-pistachio pesto slightly chunky so you can top it over the lamb chops like salsa.
While appetizer appropriate, lamb chops are a fairly expensive item that you may want to reserve for a special occasion dinner. To keep with the Mediterranean theme, serve these lamb chops over a bed of couscous or orzo.
Keep reading for the recipe.
Ingredients 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves Directions Serves 6.
From William-Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers by Amy Sherman
Lamb Chops With Mint-Pistachio Pesto
1/4 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup shelled, salted, and roasted pistachio nuts
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
1/4-1/2 cup fruity extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling over lamb
1/4 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese
12 small lamb rib chops, Frenched
1 cup packed fresh mint leaves