Spice Rubbed Lamb Chops with Corn Salad

Sweet corn paired with gamey lamb is a great summer combo [Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

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Spice Rubbed Lamb Chops with Corn Salad

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:30 minutes
This recipe appears in: Dinner Tonight: Spice Rubbed Lamb Chops with Corn Salad
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups fresh corn kernels, from about 4 ears corn
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 small lamb chops

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine vinegar, sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl and stir until sugar and salt dissolve. Add red onion and mint and stir well. Set aside.

  2. 2

    Melt butter in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until kernels are very hot but not browned. Transfer corn to the large bowl with red onion, and toss until everything is evenly coated. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. 3

    Stir together garam masala, cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 2 teaspoons salt in a small bowl. Rub lamb chops with 1 tablespoon canola oil. Sprinkle chops on both sides with the spice mixture, and then use your hands to rub the mixture in.

  4. 4

    Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until just starting to smoke. Add as many of the lamb chops as will fit in one layer. Cook until browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and brown on the other side, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Repeat process with any remaining chops.

  5. 5

    Divide the corn mixture and chops between four plates. Serve immediately.

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