To celebrate the last of our first 52 weeks, we're giving you another "grab bag" contest. Your job? Come up with a winning combination using lemon, thyme and a grill. The sky's the limit in terms of what else you add to the mix, but make sure to highlight all three components.
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Just a few robust ingredients, smartly applied: lemon (zest in the marinade, juice in the dressing); thyme (sprigs in the marinade, minced in the dressing); garlic (chopped fine for the marinade, roasted whole for the garnish), plus butter, balsamic and some handsome veal chops.
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Check out thirschfeld's cool marinating technique: You start by laying down a sheet of plastic wrap, and placing a few thyme sprigs on top (bonus: whole sprigs means no leaf-stripping!)
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Then sprinkle on some lemon zest and minced garlic
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And plunk a well-seasoned veal chop on top (we tested this recipe with both loin and rib chops -- both were excellent)
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Double-decker chops (we halved the recipe)
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Then wrap it all up like a present. A weird present (with lots of promise).
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And cart it off to the fridge to marinate, on a plate to catch any wayward drippings.
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Now turn to your roasted garlic -- a best supporting garnish if there ever was one.
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Oh, the humanity.
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Merrill jumps at the opportunity to smear on butter with her fingertips.
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Amazingly, none of this butter puddles in the dish as the heads roast -- it all melts deep into the cloves, gently confiting them.
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Don't save this step till the last minute: at 325 degrees, it took our garlic an hour and a half to become soft and caramelized.
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On the other hand, whisking together the vinaigrette takes mere moments (especially for us, since we forgot the minced thyme -- oops!)
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Ready to grill!
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Scrape off the bulk of the marinade and throw the chops on the hottest grill you can muster.
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Before and after (only a few minutes after they hit the grill, they're ready to flip).
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In the final moments, thirschfeld instructs us to warm up the roasted garlic on the grill -- a thoughtful step.
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A perfectly medium-rare chop, as you can see from the faint pink stripe through the center.
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