Cruising the food treasure-laden aisles of SM Hypermarket’s meat section today, I was delighted to see some good-looking cuts of lamb chops. The marbling looked awesome and it just had me grabbing some few slices for today’s meal.
Now, what to do? The usual way would be smothering the lamb with mustard and rosemary or maybe coat it with some generous lather of yogurt and lime. However, some eureka moment prodded me to venture into something majorly diff.
I knew I wanted something Morrocan, where spices burst and flavors play on the palate. Ahh, Moroccan rub was to be.
Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food. While spices have been imported to Morocco for thousands of years, many ingredients, like saffron, mint olives, oranges and lemons are home-grown.
Common spices include cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, ginger, pepper, paprika, anis seed, sesame seed, coriander, parsley, saffron and mint.
My lamb went with a simple couscous fix and some few bunch of arugula leaves with cherry tomatoes and fresh apricots drizzled with some balsamic vinaegrette.
Too stuffed, I felt too heavy to do the belly dancing afterwards.
Morrocan Lamb Chops
3 slices lamb chops
3 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
3 tsps ground turmeric
1 tsp Spanish paprika
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 lemon, wedged
Oil chops with olive oil.
Meantime, combine dry spices in a small container. Cover and shake to combine.
Rub spice blend into the chops on both sides. Seal in Ziploc bags and marinate overnight.
Preheat grill pan to high.
Grill chops 7 to 8 minutes, turning once, for medium rare, 10 to 12 minutes for medium to medium well. Serve with wedges of lemon.
For the couscous, you will need:
1 cup cuscous
1 and 1/4 cup hot chicken stock
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric powder
Mix couscous, turmeric powder and cumin. Add hot chicken stock. Let it stay for ten minutes. Fluff couscous using a fork.
Place chops on top of a bed of couscous on a plate when done.
For the sidings:
1 cup arugula leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh apricots
1 zuchinni, chopped and grilled
5 cherry tomatoes
Toss all salad ingredients. Drizzle with balsamic vinaegrette dressing ( 5 tbsps balsamic vinegar, 5 tbsps olive oil, 3 tbsps honey, combined together).