Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Peppered Lamb Chops with Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Feta Couscous

This week I had an opportunity to try Near East's 100% Natural Couscous Mix with Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil. I tried the couscous with their recipe of the month, Peppered Lamb Chops with Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Feta Couscous. The couscous mixes are a great way to get food on the table quickly after a long day.

The meal was very tasty, I was fortunate to find lamb arm chops on sale this week, and it did come together quite quickly - which is a good thing as we had to watch the LOST season finale! Sigh, I am going to miss those guys.

These mixes are handy to have on hand and I plan on stocking my daughter's cupboard with a few boxes. They are available in the U.S. and Canada and worth keeping an eye out for.
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Peppered Lamb Chops with Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Feta Couscous
From Near East's Chef Peter Bowen


1 ¼ Cups water
2 Teaspoons olive oil
¼ Cup reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled
1 Near East Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Couscous (includes Spice Sack)
¼ Cup roasted red peppers, chopped into pea-sized pieces
1 Tablespoon chives, finely chopped

Peppered Lamb Chops:
1 Pound lamb chops, cut about ¾-inch thick, rinsed and patted dry
2 Teaspoons olive oil
Dried oregano, to taste
Sea salt, to taste
1 Tablespoon black peppercorns, coarsely cracked
6 Cloves garlic, unpeeled and rinsed
Lemon wedges, optional

Preparation Instructions

Bring water to a boil; add olive oil, couscous and contents of Spice Sack. Simmer for a few seconds; stir in roasted red peppers, chives and feta. Cover; remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff couscous lightly with fork before serving.

While couscous is standing, brush both sides of lamb chops with 1 teaspoon olive oil; season with oregano and sea salt. Press cracked peppercorns onto chops. Heat remaining teaspoon olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook lamb chops and garlic cloves about 2 minutes; turn chops and cook 2 to 3 minutes for rare doneness or until cooked to desired doneness. Squeeze garlic cloves onto chops.

Serve chops with lemon wedges and couscous.

Note: The garlic skins help keep the garlic from burning.

Nutritional information per serving
(makes 4 servings):

350 Calories, Fat 14g, Protein 29g, Carbohydrates 27g, Cholesterol 75mg, Sodium 540mg, Fiber 2g


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In Toronto, Metro Hall farmers’ market opens on May 27th and Nathan Phillips Square farmers’ market opens on June 2nd.


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