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Zinfandel Marinade for Lamb

September 25, 2010
3 Ratings
  • Serves 10 to 12 people
Author Notes

The rich berry flavors of Zinfandel are perfect for lamb! Look for some good value brands - like Laurel Glen "Reds", or Rosenblum California appellation. Argentine Malbec, or Spanish Tempranillo would also work well. Serve the same wine with the lamb too! —Kriti

What You'll Need
  • 3 cups Red Zinfandel
  • 6 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried Greek Oregano
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, preferably Greek
  1. In a 10" saucepan, bring the wine to a boil and reduce for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool before proceeding with recipe.
  2. Combine reduced wine with remaining ingredients in a plastic bag appropriate for your meat.
  3. Refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours.
  4. One hour prior to grilling, remove from refrigerator.
  5. Right before placing on grill, remove meat from marinade, pat dry, and season well with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
  6. Grill to 130 degrees for medium rare, 140 for medium. LET IT REST at least 15 minutes before even thinking of slicing.

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  • Kriti
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2 Reviews

Kriti September 26, 2010
I forgot to add my suggested cut of lamb - a boned and butterflied leg. Enjoy!
mrslarkin September 26, 2010
This sounds really great! Rosenblum Zin - my favorite wine.