Irish Cook

Time For Summer Herbs


Whether you cultivate an herb garden, grow a few in pots, or simply find them irresistible at your market or farm stand, the thought of cooking with fresh herbs is, frankly, irresistible! Keep these two recipes on-hand for your next summer supper. (Photo: Bhofack2 |


Lamb Cutlets with Fresh Herb Dressing

Serves 4

For the dressing

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 to 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 tablespoon fresh oregano

1 garlic clove, minced

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the lamb

12 lamb cutlets or loin lamb chops

1 tablespoon olive oil

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Boiled potatoes for serving (optional)

  1. Make dressing. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Prepare lamb. Place cutlets or chops in a shallow dish. Whisk together oil, lemon juice, zest, salt, and pepper. Drizzle mixture over lamb and marinate at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once.
  3. Light a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill. Grill lamb for 3 minutes on each side (for rare), and up to 8 minutes for well done. To serve, arrange cutlets and boiled potatoes (if using) on a plate and drizzle with dressing.


Grilled Tomatoes with Buttermilk-Herb Dressing

Makes about 1 cup

For the dressing

2 tablespoons buttermilk

1/2 cup sour cream or mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 tablespoon each chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, tarragon, dill, or chives

For the tomatoes

4 large tomatoes, cut in half horizontally

Olive oil for brushing

Baked potatoes for serving (optional)

  1. Make dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Let stand for 20 to 25 minutes, or make 1 day ahead, cover and refrigerate.
  2. To make tomatoes. Brush the cut side of tomatoes with olive oil and grill, cut-side down, for 3 to 5 minutes. To serve, top each tomato with a spoonful of dressing. Pass additional dressing.


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