Today’s Regional Italian recipe is from the region of Lazio, the region of Rome. It is a very simple dish made up of grilled marinated lamb cutlets. The term abbacchio indicates a little lamb in the local dialect and “a scottadito” literally means “à la burning finger”… I know it sounds funny, but these cutlets are traditionally eaten with your hands and served so hot that you do have to be careful not to burn your fingers with them! I love these cutlets and I always eat them when I am in Rome! Being that I live too far away now, I have learnt to make them at home and today I will show you how. They are traditionally cooked on charcoal, but you can barbecue them or grill them on a griddle as well. They are great for barbecue season! Enjoy!
Abbacchio a Scottadito
A traditional recipe from Rome: Abbacchio a Scottadito, aka marinated grilled lamb cutlets.
- 800 gms – 1.75 lbs. lamb cutlets
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove cut in 4
- 1 tsp rosemary leaves chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lemon wedges to serve
Grill the marinated lamb cutlets on a high flame for 2 to 3 minutes on each side (for medium rare).
Serve HOT with some lemon wedges on the side.