Perfectly cooked slightly pink lamb chops with a glass of pinot noir or better yet, a bang on Bordeaux is a thing of wonderment. Of course I have spiced up the lamb chops with a favourite, ras el hanout and served it with my classic cauliflower rice. Used here, I have replaced the traditional bulgar wheat found in tabbouleh. Easy, fresh, and a perfect accompaniment to any stew or tagine (Spiced Moroccan Lamb Shanks).

  • LEVEL: Easy
  • Prep: 30 Mins (plus 15 min for marinating)
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • SERVES: 4-6
  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Ingredients 

Lamb Chops

8 lamb chops
3 tsp. ras el hanout
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
zest and juice 1 lemon
1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
½ small pack mint, to garnish
pinch sea salt (to taste)
pinch black pepper (to taste)

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

1/2 cauliflower
1/2 medium cucumber,
2 tbsp. pistachios, shelled
2 preserved lemons, chopped
15g mint, roughly chopped
20g flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
20g coriander, roughly chopped
1 lemon, juice only
1 tsp. pomegranate molasses
1 tsp. sumac
pinch sea salt (to taste)
pinch black pepper (to taste)

Method

1. Put the lamb chops in a large bowl. Add the ras el hanout, garlic, oil, most of the lemon juice, rosemary and some seasoning. Toss everything together and set aside for at least 15 mins (longer the better).

2. Whilst the lamb is marinating, make the tabbouleh. Grate the cauliflower and place into a medium sized bowl. Chop the cucumber into quarters and add to the bowl. Crush the pistachios roughly with the back of a knife and add to the bowl. Then, add all the herbs and toss well. Onto the dressing. Mix the remaining ingredients, pour over the cauliflower mixture and toss again.

3. Once the meat has marinated, heat a griddle or grill until very hot and cook the lamb chops for 3-4 mins each side, until cooked but still pink and juicy on the inside, then leave to rest for a few mins.

4. To serve, scoop the cauliflower rice into a large pan (something like a paella pan works well) and place the lamb chop chops on top. Scatter over mint leaves, open up a bottle of wine and away you go!

Post Details

  1. Griddle Pan 
  2. Paella Pan
  3. Corkscrew