Lamb Chops with Olive Pesto

California Olive Commission
  • Yield: servings


4 (1-inch thick) small lamb loin or rib chops, or 4 larger lamb shoulder chops
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
40 California Black Ripe Olives
1cup tightly packed flat leaf parsley
1/4cup pine nuts, toasted
1/2cup garlic-infused olive oil


  1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Line sheet pan with foil and place rack on top of pan. Season lamb with salt and pepper and place on rack. Cook lamb about 4 to 5 inches from the heat source, turning once, about 9 to 10 minutes for medium. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
  3. In the bowl of food processor, pulse olives, parsley and pine nuts until coarsely chopped. With the motor running, pour oil through the feeding tube and blend until well incorporated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spoon pesto over the lamb.

Recipe courtesy of the California Olive Committee