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Sunday, July 18, 2010

"I Love Lamb!": Spicy Grilled Lamb Chops and Marinated Tomatoes!

This delicious meal from "Savor the Moment" got me thinking of a line from one of my all-time favorite movies, "Anchorman." The line is "I love lamp" but, after making this recipe, all I could think was "I love lamb!" The Spicy Grilled Lamb Chops (pg. 157) and Marinated Tomatoes (pg. 131) are a delicious duo to say the least!

Juicy, ripe tomatoes are marinated in a blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar, fresh basil, parsley, red onion, garlic and capers, perfect for making ahead of time if you are entertaining. The lamb chops are also marinated, but in cider vinegar, garlic, curry powder, dry mustard, cayenne pepper and olive oil before being grilled to juicy, pink perfection. As for the wine, we tried something a little different and went with the 2006 Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon.

The wine is called "Black Box" because it does, in fact, come in a big, black box! Made primarily from grapes grown along California's Central Coast, I'm happy to report, the Black Box Cab was actually pretty good and makes for a great everyday option. One box is equivalent to four bottles of wine (for the price of two!) and remains fresh for up to four weeks after opening. Black Box is also environmentally friendlier than glass bottles, requiring far less energy to produce and transport. Lessen your carbon footprint while enjoying a glass of vino - not bad! As if that weren't enough, the wine was also a great match for the lamb chops and tomatoes.

These two recipes really make for a nice, easy and elegant Summer meal and will hopefully have you saying "I love lamb" as well! Click on the link to check out the hilarious clip from the movie (warning: silly sense of humor required!). I'm including the recipe for the Marinated Tomatoes and hope you enjoy them - let me know what you think!

Marinated Tomatoes

Cut 2 or 3 large tomatoes into thick slices and arrange overlapping on a platter. Combine 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon minced red onion, 1 tablespoon drained capers, 1 crushed large garlic clove and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl and mix well. Drizzle over the tomatoes and garnish with additional parsley. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour or longer. Enjoy!


  1. S...My daughter says she doesn't like lamb, but I'm going to try this on her & see what happens. Tomatoes look awesome & I have a huge pile one of my friends gave me from her garden.
    A big garden in Houston right in the middle of the city. xx'x

  2. You've used all the yummiest ingredients. What a great combination. I love Anchorman too! "Stay classy Sandiego"..oh what a classic!

  3. That's a great way to liven up tomatoes, I've never put capers with mine but it's perfect for summer.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing your lovely lamb recipe! You inspire me to get a carton version of wine which I've never tried :)

  5. I'm in the "I like lamb" category too. Leg of, chops of and even favorite.
    The marinade sounds delicious, as does the tomato recipe. Going to try that one.
    Thanks for the tip on the cab...I think my daughter might cringe for a moment when she saw the box, but I'll certainly look into it.

  6. I adore lamb. All parts of it. Fortunately, I live in an area where lamb is raised and can have it often. I'll have to try the wine. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. I would like to eat this lamb in my apartment which has many leather bound books and smells of rich mahogany. No, seriously, it looks delicious!!

  8. Those tomatoes are almost a violet color, beautiful! I've heard that Black Box wines were very good. I'm not sure if I've seen it offered here, but would love to try it.

  9. Stephanie...that marinade for the lamb is quite interesting...enough for me to try it on Hubby. I admit, I'm not too keen on meat lately...however, I do still eat it on occasion.
    Our Quebec lamb is quite distinctive too.

    What a wonderful meal you've prepared and the wine pairing sounds perfect.

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

  10. Thinking of that scene from Anchorman had me exploding with laughter...what a great movie.

    I love lamb also! And now I'm going to spend today thinking about this recipe and repeating that phrase.

  11. Gorgeous lamb chops!!1 and this time of year real tomatoes go with everything!!

  12. Tomatoes find their way into my cooking all summer long. Love the Mediterranean feel of this dish; just right for hot summer weather.

  13. Oooh... a new marinated tomato recipe. I posted one not long ago, and let me tell you, they were amazing. I can't wait to give your recipe a try!



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