Greek-Style Lamb Chops

Lamb has long been a staple in our clan. We usually cook it the Nuyorican way: spices such as garlic, peeper, oregano and garlic are crushed in a mortar then patted on the lamb chops along with some olive oil and red wine vinegar. Yet we are always on the lookout for news ways to prepare this favorite. Thus I came across this Greek-Style recipe. It's similar to Pureto Riucan cooking in terms of the spices used, except that my Greek acquaintances insist that in terms of oregano, only Greek oregano is mandated. Okay. When in Rome . . .

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be done on top of the stove, or using the broiler, or on an outdoor grilled. Be aware that, if grilling, omit the wine part. Or, you can use the wine in the marinade prior to grilling. Whichever way you choose to prepare, the recipe is a home run, or touchdown (insert whatever sports metaphor you desire).

3 to 4 pounds lamb chops (loin or rib), about 1-inch thick
3 tablespoons dried oregano, preferably Greek
6 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
Salt and black ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1. Wash chops under cold running water and pat dry with  paper towels.
2. With a knife or fork, prick chops on both sides.
3. Combine oregano, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub spices on each side of lamb chops and drizzle with olive oil. Place in a covered bowl or zip-lock bag and marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge or preferably overnight.
4. Melt butter in a large skillet or fry pan over medium heat. Add chops and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, turning once or twice. Add wine, cover, and cook an additional 5 minutes. The wine will boil and thickened around the lamb, and that is what you want to increase the flavor. Add more wine , if necessary. Place on serving platter and let stand 2-3 minutes before serving.
    Yield: 4 servings or more.

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