Lamb Chops with Minted Yogurt Sauce

This is a simple, weeknight-friendly recipe for lamb chops that get topped with a tzatziki-like yogurt sauce flavored with fresh mint, lemon, garlic and shallot. Though the recipe calls for stove- top cooking, these chops could just as easily be tossed on the grill. If so, aim for about 3 minutes per side.

For the sauce:
1 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
For the lamb:
12 lamb rib chops
Freshly ground black pepper
Ground cumin
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, mint, garlic, shallot and lemon juice. Mix well; taste and season with salt and pepper; set aside. Season lamb chops with salt, pepper and ground cumin, to taste. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, heat one tablespoon of the oil. Add half of the chops and cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chops to an oven-safe plate and place in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining tablespoon of oil and chops. Serve the lamb chops topped with the mint-yogurt sauce. Serves 4 to 6.

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