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Recipe

Spiced Lamb Patties with Apricot Couscous

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

A touch of plain yogurt in these Middle Eastern-style lamb patties helps keep them wonderfully succulent, and a dollop of mint-flavored yogurt on the side balances their richness.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups lower-salt chicken broth
  • 3-1/2 oz. dried apricots, cut into medium dice (about 1/2 cup)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1-1/3 cups couscous
  • 1-1/4 lb. ground lamb
  • 5 Tbs. plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 large cloves garlic, mashed to a paste with a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh mint; more for garnish

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 690
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 290
  • Fat (g): 33
  • Saturated Fat (g): 11
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 16
  • Cholesterol (mg): 100
  • Sodium (mg): 550
  • Carbohydrates (g): 63
  • Fiber (g): 5
  • Protein (g): 36

Preparation

  • In a 3-quart saucepan, combine the chicken broth, apricots, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. of the cumin; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the couscous, remove from the heat, and cover. Let sit until all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the lamb, 1 Tbs. of the yogurt, the garlic, coriander, the remaining 3/4 tsp. of the cumin, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Mix by hand, taking care not to overwork the mixture. Shape into eight 1/2-inch-thick patties.
  • Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Add the patties and cook, flipping once, until browned on the outside and barely light pink in the center, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining 4 Tbs. yogurt and the mint.
  • Fluff the couscous with a fork. Mix in the remaining 1 Tbs. oil and season with salt and pepper. Divide the couscous and patties among 4 plates. Add a dollop of the minted yogurt on the side and garnish with additional mint.

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Reviews (5 reviews)

  • user-3007077 | 05/20/2019

    Excellent dish
    Simply and delicious blend of ingredients
    Keeper

  • Rita49 | 04/17/2016

    Tasty and simple. The yogourt side with mint is a must.

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