chef Rachel Klein Grilled Aussie lamb shoulder chops with blistered cherry tomatoes and bearnaise

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Grilled Aussie lamb shoulder chops with blistered cherry tomatoes and béarnaise


An easy but impressive dish for entertaining friends or family meal, and it does double duty if you have extra béarnaise. Save it to serve over homemade eggs Benedict for Sunday brunch.

Portion size:
1 chop

4 Australian lamb shoulder chops
Kosher salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

For the gremolata:

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh tarragon leaves
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons, plus extra for cooking olive oil

For the cherry tomatoes:
1 pint cherry tomatoes

For the béarnaise:
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
6 large egg yolks
2 cups melted, unsalted butter
Fresh lemon juice as needed


Preheat a grill to HIGH or you can use a grill pan on the stove. Season the chops with salt and pepper and set aside. 

In a small bowl, make a gremolata by combining 1 cup of the tarragon, the lemon zest, garlic and olive oil. Season with salt and set aside. Put a small skillet directly on the grill with a little bit of oil in the pan. When the oil starts to shimmer, add the tomatoes and sauté them until they blister, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and set aside. 

In a small pot, combine the vinegar and peppercorns over MEDIUM heat; reduce by half. Strain out the peppercorns. In a large bowl over a pot of simmering water, combine the egg yolks and strained vinegar and whisk. The egg yolks will start to thicken; be careful not to scramble the eggs. If the bowl gets too hot, take it off of the pot. Once the egg mixture is nice and thick, whisk in the butter in a continuous stream. Put the bowl back on the simmering water; if the mixture gets too cold, whisk in all the butter. Season with salt and a squeeze of lemon juice, and mix in the remaining 2 tablespoons of the tarragon. Set aside in a warm place. 

Grill the chops for about 4 minutes on each side for medium doneness. Let them rest on a plate for 5 minutes. Serve the chops with the blistered tomatoes, gremolata and sauce.