Amo’s Marinad

There is something so sweet and special with having family over to visit and they teach you these lovely recipes. My family is a family of cooks- it comes with our culture. My uncle who lives in Montreal loves to cook, and he’s really good at it too. He comes up with delicious marinad’s (thats how you say it in Armenian) for different types of meats, has a great taste in how to season fish, mussels, shrimp…it’s all so good! Over the years my dad has learned from him too and every time my uncle comes to visit, we always have his special lamb chops.

They are so delicious my mouth is watering as I start to write about it. It’s a very simple marinad. You start off by cutting the chops into individual pieces.

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Next you soak the chops in some water with a little bit of vinegar. My uncles secret is adding some beer to the soak too. It helps add some flavor and diminish the smell of the meat.

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After the lamb chops have been soaked for about 30 minutes to an hour, you start the marinad. He chopped garlic, parsley, oregano, and mixed it with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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Rub the chops into the marinad and let them sit in the refrigerator until you’re ready to grill.

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We let them sit for about 4-5 hours. The longer you let it sit, the more time it has to absorb the flavors of the marinad. Grilling is the best because you get nice lines and better flavor. Depending on how you like the meat, it can range from 2 minutes on each side to 5 minutes on each side.

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I decided to make a delicious side to this delightful dish. A very simple side with the figs from our trees. I stuffed them with an herbed goat cheese and topped it with balsamic glaze. It was everyones favorite. We all enjoyed the food and had some friends over to share food with. It was a wonderful evening with family and friends. By the end of the night we were around a nice bonfire while the men enjoy their cigars and us ladies just talk and laugh. Pure delightfulness

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Anush!

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