Marinated tuscan-style lamb leg chops with grilled zucchini salad

Serves 4 people

There’s a super-simple way to improve your marinating – pierce the meat many times to open up the fibres.

Ingredients
  • 8 lamb leg chops
  • ¼ bunch oregano leaves, chopped
  • ¼ bunch parsley leaves, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp baby capers, chopped
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt flakes and freshly-milled black pepper
  • 4 medium zucchini, sliced lengthways
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 100g feta, crumbled
  • 1 bunch mint leaves
  • lemon wedges and crusty bread, to serve
Instructions

1 Use a metal skewer to pierce the lamb chops repeatedly (at least 40 piercings per chop is good). Combine the oregano, parsley, garlic, capers and half the olive oil in a bowl. Mix well then add the lamb chops. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to marinate.

2 Season the chops with salt and pepper, then cook on a moderate barbecue grill for 4 minutes each side, until medium.

3 Meanwhile, toss the zucchini slices in the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook on the barbecue grill for 4 minutes, until just tender, then mix with the vinegar, pine nuts, feta and mint leaves. Serve with the lamb chops, lemon wedges and crusty bread.