BARBECUED LAMB CHOPS WITH PESTO & COUSCOUS SALAD

Ingredients

  • 2 Warilba lamb forequarter chops (approx 225g each), fat trimmed
  • 125g (3/4 cup) pearl couscous
  • 1/2 bunch baby carrots, peeled, cut into ribbons
  • 30g baby spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp currants
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon +extra wedges, to serve
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g fresh ricotta cheese
  • Parsley leaves, pre-made pesto, to serve

Method

  1. Heat a lightly oiled char-grill or barbecue over medium-high heat. Season chops and cook for 4-5 minutes each side, or until cooked to your liking. Rest on a plate loosely covered with foil for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place couscous and 1 cup (250ml) boiling water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Cover. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 8 minutes or until tender and liquid has absorbed. Remove lid. Stand for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly in a large bowl. Add carrots, spinach, currants, lemon zest, juice and oil. Season and toss to coat. Top salad with ricotta and sprinkle with parsley leaves.
  3. Serve chops with pesto, couscous salad and lemon wedges.

Handy Tips

  • Lamb cutlets, loin chops or rump steaks would also work well in this recipe.
  • Use feta or goats cheese instead of ricotta, mint or coriander instead of parsley.
  • Brown rice, cauliflower rice or quinoa would be good substitutes for couscous.

 

Recipe and image sourced from Meat and Livestock Australia.