Grilled lamb chops with wild garlic pesto

A contendor for Paul Flynn on RTÉ's 'Surf n' Turf'


  • 12 lamb chops
  • 4 large potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 large onion (peeled and diced)
  • 1 tsp wild garlic pesto or basil pesto
  • salt and pepper
  • 100 g butter
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 1 sprig thyme

Wild garlic pesto
  • 2 handfuls wild garlic leaves
  • 200 ml olive oil or a little more, just enough to make it turn round.

Mustard mayonnaise
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tblsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tblsp white wine vinegar
  • 300 ml olive oil and 150 mls veg oil
  • squeeze lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tblsp crème fraiche


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Make the mayonnaise.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a tray and add the potatoes and the thyme.
  3. Season and place in the oven for 20 to 25 mins, turning once or twice.
  4. Place the onions in a pan with the butter and some more thyme. Cook very slowly with a lid for 20 mins until the onions are totally soft. Season and set aside.
  5. Heat a frying pan. Add a little oil and cook the lamb chops for 4 mins on either side to be pink or more if you like.
  6. Season and serve with the onions, potatoes, mayonnaise and wild garlic pesto.
To make the mayonnaise
  1. Place the egg yolks in a bowl with a pinch of salt, mustard and some vinegar. Beat well with wooden spoon.
  2. Add the oil, drop by drop, beating all the time, ensuring mixture is thickening before adding the next drop. The mixture should be very thick by time half the oil is added. Beat in the lemon juice.
  3. Resume pouring in the oil and alternate with small dribbles of remaining vinegar. When finished, fold in the crème fraiche. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


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