Freezer Marinade For Lamb Pistachio Pesto

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Here is the fourth freezer marinade! Hope your having a wonderful week ... check out the three other freezer recipes posted this week!

Large zip-top bag
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
4 whole garlic cloves
1 teaspoon crushed oregano
1 teaspoon crushed dried or chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2lbs Lamb loin chops

Sauce: for cooked Lamb
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup pistachio nuts

Combine in large zip-top bag, garlic cloves,  pepper, herbs and spices and salt; shake until blended. Add olive oil and lamb chops, seal bag tightly and turn to evenly coat. Place in freezer up to three months or if ready for use today, put into the refrigerator up to 2 hours to marinate.

If frozen, thaw in refrigerator overnight, never on the counter to avoid contamination.

When ready to cook:

Preheat grill. In the meantime, combine in a saucepan, sauce ingredients (except pistachios). Bring to a boil on medium-high. Reduce heat to simmer; cook 10 minutes.
Process pistachios in food processor until finely ground. Stir into sauce; cook 2 more minutes to blend flavors. Remove from heat and set aside.
Place lamb chops on grill (discard marinade); grill 3–4 minutes on each side  for medium rare or until lamb is done to your preference. Serve sauce over lamb chops.

Other Freezer Marinades to try:

FREEZER Marinades:

Italian style lemon lime chicken marinade
Peanut butter marinade
Hawaiian marinade
Wine Steak Marinade
Mexican Marinade


  1. Mmmm... I missed your posts! Lots of lovely new recipes. I like this marinade, hopefully I can try it out soon as the weather gets better. I really fancy a barbecue! XX

  2. I miss lamb! It's so expensive over here. When I go to South Africa next year with my hubby to visit his parents, I'm going to have lots of lamb! :) Have a great week too!

  3. I love lamb and pistachios. What a great idea.

  4. Where did you come up with all these freezer marinades - they're great! Talk about being prepared. I love this because I'm always running all over the place and this is perfect especially if you suddenly have company coming.

    Thanks for sharing all of these. Which is your favorite?

  5. My husband loves lanb, but we do not have it very often. You made some excellent flavor choices in this marinade and it does intrigue. Well worth a try-yum!


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