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Marinated Grilled Lamb Chops with Pine Nut Couscous – Recipe!

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Lamb seems to be a tricky thing to cook for most people.  Either they don’t understand the different cuts, or they are intimidated to prepare it.  Lamb is similar to a cow, just on a smaller scale, and much more flavorful in my opinion.  It does have a grassy flavor, and sometimes gets a bad rap for being too gamy, but that’s only when you buy meat that isn’t fresh enough, or from a mediocre source.

Lamb Chops are a multi-dimensional food – you can eat them as lollipops with your hands, or with a knife and fork for a more elegant approach.  I believe lamb chops do need a little flavor boost before grilling to create an even more succulent meat – that’s where the marinade comes into play.

A simple preparation of a paste-like sauce, that really sticks to the ribs, so to speak, is my marinade of choice.  This paste is a simple mixture of mustard, fresh herbs, lemon zest and a sprinkling of salt & pepper.  Roll the chops around in this mustard base and let them sit in the fridge for a few hours, or up to overnight. This marinade not only enhances the taste, but slightly tenderizes the texture into a supple tangy bite.

Couscous is a side dish that requires almost no work – heat broth, add couscous, cover and turn off heat.  I don’t know anything on planet earth that doesn’t come from a frozen box that gets any easier.  Toasted pine nuts are a nice nutty touch to stir into the couscous after you fluff it with a fork.  I think the combination of earthy lamb with light and airy couscous sets the scene for a perfect meal and even a special Social Sunday!

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Ingredients

1 rack of lamb chops, about 8 ribs

1 lemon, sliced

oil for the grill

Marinade

2 tablespoons dijon mustard

zest of 1 lemon

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup fresh oregano

Couscous

1 cup whole wheat couscous

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup pine nuts

1/3 cup fresh parsley, rough chopped

(Serves 2-4)

To Prepare:

1. Slice lamb chops into four sections, about 2 ribs per section (you can have the butcher do this for you, if needed). In a glass dish, add all marinade ingredients, stir.  Add chops and coat on all sides, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, up to overnight.

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2. When ready to grill, heat grill to 400 degrees, rub grill with oiled cloth.  Remove lamb chops from refrigerator and let set on counter, while grill is heating.  In a saucepan, add broth and heat until boiling.  Add in couscous and salt, stir.  Turn off heat and cover with lid.  Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet and set aside.

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3. Using a paper towel, wipe herbs off of lamb chops – they will burn.  Place lamb chops and sliced lemons on grill and cook for 8 minutes on first side, flip over – remove lemons.  Cook another 8-10 minutes, or until desired doneness.  Remove chops from grill and let rest.

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4.  Fluff couscous with fork and add toasted pine nuts, stir.  Squeeze a few grilled lemons into couscous and spoon onto a platter.  Top couscous with lamb chops, grilled lemons and sprinkle with parsley, Enjoy!

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