Lamb Chops with Couscous

Serves: 4
15 mins Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time
15 mins Prep Time
15 mins Cook Time
  • Make the dry rub: In a small bowl, mix together the salt, Hearty spice blend, and pepper.

  • On a large plate, sprinkle the lamb chops evenly on both sides with the dry rub. Let sit for 5 minutes.

  • Make the marinade: In a medium bowl, mix together the Hearty spice blend, garlic, orange zest, and orange juice.

  • Place seasoned lamb chops in a glass baking dish and pour the marinade over. Let marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. If the marinade doesn’t completely cover the lamb chops, flip halfway through.

  • While the lamb chops are marinating, make the yogurt sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk together the orange zest, orange juice, mint, yogurt, Hearty spice blend, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

  • Make the couscous: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the chicken stock, butter, and salt. Bring to a boil, then pour in the couscous, remove from heat, and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork, then stir in the dates, and cover again to keep warm. If the couscous seems dry, add 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil and mix. Set aside.

  • Cook the lamb chops: Heat the canola oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat.

  • Remove the lamb chops from marinade, set on a plate, and season on both sides with salt and pepper.

  • Carefully add a few of the lamb chops to the skillet, making sure not to crowd the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side, or until desired doneness is achieved and the lamb chops have a nice brown sear on the outside but are still tender in the center. The internal temperature should read 145˚F (63˚C) for medium-rare. Remove the lamb chops from the pan and repeat with remaining lamb chops.

  • Just before serving, fold the parsley and chives into the couscous.

  • To serve, spoon the couscous onto plates and add a few lamb chops. Spoon the yogurt sauce the over lamb chops and top with toasted pine nuts.

  • Enjoy!