Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lamb Chops with White Wine & Pomegranate Sauce

Though not a traditional Arab or Middle Eastern dish because of the unorthodox use of wine, I decided to rework this original recipe (called for veal) and substitute with what I had on hand. Thankfully, the results turned out okay.

Servings: 2


1/2 lbs. lamb shoulder blade chops
salt & pepper
All-purpose flour , for dredging
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp. tamari sauce
1/2 c white wine
2 Tbsp. pomegranate syrup
1 tsp. fresh rosemary leaves
2 Tbsp. pomegranate seeds, for garnish (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Sprinkle lamb chops with salt & pepper and dredge both
     sides with flour.
2. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Add the lamb chops and cook
     them on both sides for a total of 10-15 minutes. Transfer the lamb chops to an oven-proof
     plate and keep warm in the oven.
3. Add the chopped garlic, tamari sauce, white wine, pomegranate syrup and rosemary leaves
     to the skillet. Stir for 10 minutes and adjust seasonings , if needed.
4. Return lamb chops to skillet for 5 minutes, just to take the flavor of the sauce and transfer to
    them to a serving dish.
5. Garnish with the pomegranate seeds, if using. Serve immediately with rice.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Stovetop Chicken Tagine with Dates

Serving: 2


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
2 pinches of salt
1 c chicken stock plus more if needed
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tbsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. saffron
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1c fresh pitted dates, roughly chopped
1/3 c fresh parsley leaves (opt.)

1. To make the stove top tagine, add the olive oil to a pot over medium heat. Add the onions and
     garlic and saute until softened (about 10 minutes).
2. Add the salt, black pepper, saffron, cinnamon and ginger and stir well with the onions for about 2
    minutes, until the onions are evenly coated.
3. Add the chicken breast pieces and continue stirring till evenly coated for about 10 minutes.
4. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Lower the heat,cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
5. Add the chopped dates and parsley leaves(if using) and stir. Cover again and simmer for a further
    20-30 minutes. If chicken becomes too dry add a little more stock.
6. Remove chicken from stove top and serve with couscous.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Lamb with Berber Spices

Servings: 6-8

For the spice rub:
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 garlic cloves, peeled, coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. fenugreek seeds
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/3 c olive oil

1 (6-7lbs.) bone-in leg of lamb

1. To make the spice rub place all ingredients together in a food processor and blend till
    evenly combined. Set aside.
2. Preheat the oven to 400F.
3. Place the leg of lamb in a well oiled pan. Trim any visible fat and discard. With the tip
    of a paring knife, make small slits throughout the lamb. Place a small spoonful of spice
    inside each slit. Rub the remaining spice paste throughout the lamb.
4. You can cook the lamb right away or you can place it in the refrigerator and let it
     marinade 4-6 hours.
5. When ready to cook,cover pan with aluminum foil, place the lamb in the oven and cook 
     cook for 4 1/2 hours. Baste with its own juices every 30 minutes.
6. After cooking, transfer lamb to a serving dish, let it rest 10 minutes before serving.

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