These grilled lamb chops are topped with a beautiful tart cherry sauce. Whip them up in no time for easy summertime entertaining. Thank you to The Cherry Marketing Institute for helping me to share this recipe with you.
Summer entertaining is meant to be effortless. Even the adults should have time to run through sprinklers and have watermelon seed spitting contests (can you even get watermelons with seeds anymore?) rather than sweating over the grill for the entire evening. Bring on a rousing game of Kick the Can or Ghost in the Graveyard and I’m there! We’re all really kids at heart when it comes to warm, long summer nights.
Grilling is where it’s at during the summer. Flip on the gas grill (see my post on How to: Turn on a Gas Grill) and cook up almost any kind of meat or veggies within minutes. Ask your guests to bring an appetizer, salad or dessert, or choose some great make-ahead recipes. Add drinks and your entertaining duties are complete.
Lamb is a fantastic option for an easy grilled meal, though is often overlooked in favor of burgers, chicken or steak. Believe me, I enjoy a great burger on any given night. But lamb is one of those entrees that makes everyone swoon, even though it is dead simple to prepare.
Can you marinate lamb? Of course! But sometimes a little salt and pepper is all that’s required. A great sauce doesn’t hurt either and that’s where this Montmorency tart cherry sauce comes in.
The glaze that I used on Tart Cherry Glazed Roasted Vegetables would be fantastic on top of grilled lamb chops. However, if you have some whole tart cherries (frozen or canned), this sauce is a cinch to make and is fantastic on lamb, steak, pork or chicken.
The beauty of using Montmorency tart cherries in recipes, besides the taste and convenience, are the multitude of health benefits. From the anti-inflammatory properties to the heart healthy flavonoids and natural dose of melatonin, these little guys have it all!
Other tart cherry recipes:
Cookin' Canuck's Tart Cherry & Peach Sparkler
Cookin' Canuck's Tart Cherry Cream Cheese Yogurt Dip
The Paleo Running Momma's Tart Cherry Lime Homemade Gummy Candy
Love & Zest's Tart Cherry Tuna Salad Avocado Bowls
On the DF's Spiced Cherry Crisp
Grilled Lamb Chops Recipe with Tart Cherry Sauce
- Preheat the grill to medium-high. Lightly coat with oil.
- Season both sides of the lamb chops with salt and pepper. Grill until medium rare (12o degrees F), about 3 minutes per side.
- Serve with the tart cherry sauce.
- In a medium saucepan, stir together the tart cherries, red wine, orange juice, maple syrup and rosemary. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 8 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 additional minutes.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored as part of my ambassadorship with the Cherry Marketing Institute.