Loin of Lamb Marinated in Merlot, Garlic & Parsley with Piquillo Pepper Pesto

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
25 min
35 min
15 min

6 servings

  • 1 cup Merlot
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf fresh parsley, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1 1/2 pounds lamb loin, cleaned
  • Kosher salt
  • Sprigs of thyme, for garnish
  • Piquillo Pepper Pesto, recipe follows
  • Piquillo Pepper Pesto:
  • 6 piquillo peppers
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Whisk together the wine, thyme, oil, garlic, black pepper and parsley in a baking dish. Add the lamb and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to marinate.

  • Remove the lamb from the marinade 20 minutes before cooking. Heat a grill pan or saute pan over high heat. Season the lamb with salt on both sides and cook until golden brown and seared on both sides and cooked to medium-rare doneness (internal temperature of 135 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer). Place on a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve slices with a dollop of pesto on the side.

Piquillo Pepper Pesto:
  • Combine the peppers, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. With the motor running, slowly add the oil and process until emulsified. Add the cheese, salt and pepper and pulse a few times to combine.

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