Spice-Dusted Lamb Chops with Cherry Tomatoes

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Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Eight 12-ounce lamb loin chops, about 1 1/2 inches thick
Salt
Vegetable oil, for brushing
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Preparation

1. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. In a small bowl, combine all of the spices. Season the lamb chops with salt, rubbing it into the meat. Rub each chop all over with a scant teaspoon of the spice dust. Let the chops stand for 10 minutes.

2. Brush the chops all over with vegetable oil and grill over a medium-hot fire or in the grill pan over moderate heat, until crusty and medium rare, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer the chops to a platter and let rest for about 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the cherry tomatoes with the remaining spice dust. In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the cherry tomatoes, sprinkle with salt and cook over moderately high heat, tossing, until just hot, about 1 minute. Serve at once with the chops.

Notes: Variations: Use the spice dust on grilled or broiled chicken or pork, or tossed with sautéed vegetables.

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Marcia Kiesel,

June 2003
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