5 Best 30-minute Dinner Recipes

For Company: Honey-lemon Glazed Veal Chops

Serves: Four

Time: Approximately 30 minutes

Just because you've got company coming over doesn't mean you have 2 hours to devote to cooking. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prep and cook (plus 30 minutes marinating in the fridge, which gives you time to set the table with your finest), and it's perfectly special. With just six ingredients, three of which you've probably got in your kitchen right now, it's a simple yet elegant meal you can be proud to serve guests.

These honey-lemon glazed veal chops serve four people. You'll spend about 10 minutes on prep and then about 15 to 20 on cooking after you marinate -- remember to start a little early to accommodate that middle step. Here we go:


  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 4 veal rib chops, cut 1-inch thick (about 8 ounces each)


Combine lemon juice, honey, ginger, mustard and lemon peel in large resealable food storage bag. Place veal rib chops in the bag, turning to thoroughly coat with marinade. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes. Prepare grill for direct cooking over medium heat.

Remove chops from the bag; brush with any remaining marinade. Place chops on grill over medium coals. If you like your chops cooked medium, grill 12 to 14 minutes, turning once. Cooked chops should register 160 degrees Fahrenheit on a quick-read thermometer. You can also broil the meat 4 to 5 inches from the heat source for 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium-cooked chop, or to desired doneness.

Try serving with steamed vegetables and quick-cooking wild rice.

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