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  • For the lamb chops:
  • 1 kg Woolies bulk free-range lamb chops
  • Woolies original braai marinade
  • For the sweet potatoes:
  • 700 g baby sweet potatoes, boiled
  • 100 g melted, butter
  • a pinch or two smoked paprika
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 200 9 Cremezola or crumbly blue cheese
  • To make the chimichurri sauce, mix:
  • 1 cup fresh mint
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1/4 t red chilli
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1. To make the lamb:
Place the chops on the grill over medium for a couple of minutes (without any seasoning or marinade) to seal on each side. Remove from the grill and place in a deep tray. Brush with Woolworths Original Braai Marinade to coat. Set aside to rest at room temperature.

2. In the mean time, make your sweet potatoes and the chimichurri sauce for the lamb:

3. To make the sweet potatoes:
Drizzle the sweet potatoes with butter. Season with sea salt and a pinch or two of smoked paprika. Wrap them up in foil (shiny side in) and place on the side of the fire for a smokey and crisp finish, about 5 minutes should do it. Cut a slit in each and serve with crumbled blue cheese.

4. To make the chimichurri sauce:
In a mortar and pestle, grind together 1 cup chopped mint, 1 cup chopped parsley, 2 cloves mashed garlic, 1/4 teaspoon red chilli, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, sea salt to taste, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper.

5. To serve: A few minutes before eating, place the lamb chops on the grill to warm up and cook for another minute or two. Serve with the chimichurri sauce and sweet potatoes.

Lesego Semenya aka Les da Chef knows his way about a braai – in particular how to treat that South African favourite, the lamb chop.

Lesego Semenya

Recipe by: Lesego Semenya

The late, great Lesego Semenya aka Les da Chef was famous for his braai skills, devotion to heritage recipes and ingredients, and as a television host. He was the author of "Dijo: My food, my journey", a regular columnist for the TASTE magazine and host of TASTETube videos.

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