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PREP: 25 mins
COOK: 10 mins
8 to 12 lamb cutlets
1 small onion
1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
8 sprigs of flat-leaf parsley
1 level tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp ground cumin
a pinch of ground piri piri
1 level tsp grated lemon zest
100 ml olive oil
3 tbsp sherry vinegar
salt and pepper
▪ Roughly chop the onion (around 75 g) and place in a food processor. Add the garlic, herbs, spices, lemon zest, oil and vinegar. Blitz until you have a finely chopped sauce. Season to taste.
▪ Coat the lamb cutlets in a small amount of this mixture. Cover everything (bowl of chimichurri and meat) and leave to rest for at least 1 hour in the fridge.
▪ Take the sauce and the lamb out of the fridge in advance of cooking. Grill the lamb cutlets on a barbecue or in a grill pan.
▪ Serve immediately with the sauce, steamed jacket potatoes and salad.
▪ Chef’s Tip
You can replace half (or even all) the parsley with coriander. Try using picante pimentón (a spicy Spanish paprika) instead of normal paprika and the piri piri.