Moroccan Lamb Couscous

This Moroccan lamb couscous is packed full of spiced ground lamb, dried apricots, currants, fresh herbs and couscous. Plus it’s ready in just 30 minutes!

This Moroccan lamb couscous is packed full of spiced ground lamb, dried apricots, currants, fresh herbs and couscous. Plus it's ready in just 30 minutes!

 

I ate a lot of meat growing up but never lamb. It just something we did not eat in our house. My dad made mention once about how he had lamb in Canada and it was the most gamey meat he had ever eaten in his life.

To this day I’m almost positive that he had to have eaten something else because even though lamb has a strong flavor it’s amazing. Now really it could just be our definition of “amazing” is different BUT I really can’t see hatin’ on lamb. Sweet baby J it’s delicious. {If you have never made lamb my favorite way is grilled marinated lamb…so good!}

This Moroccan lamb couscous is packed full of spiced ground lamb, dried apricots, currants, fresh herbs and couscous. Plus it's ready in just 30 minutes!

The thing I love most about this dish (besides being lamb) is that it’s ready in just 30 minutes and uses a lot of ingredients that can be found in a well stocked pantry. Believe it or not I have all those spices in this dish just hanging out in my cabinet. I really need a spice intervention.

Stat.

This Moroccan lamb couscous is packed full of spiced ground lamb, dried apricots, currants, fresh herbs and couscous. Plus it's ready in just 30 minutes!

I especially love the addition of dried apricots and currants. It brings in a nice bite of sweetness to cut all that deep spiced flavor. I will also admit that I tend to go heavy on the addition of mint but only because I love it with all my heart.

If you’re not a mint fan just cut down how much you add or leave it out and replace it with more cilantro. Either way, it’s going to be delicious.

I promise.

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Moroccan Lamb Couscous

This Moroccan lamb couscous is packed full of spiced ground lamb, dried apricots, currants, fresh herbs and couscous. Plus it's ready in just 30 minutes!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups warm plain couscous, cooked
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 2-4 tablespoons minced fresh mint (more or less depending on love of mint)

Directions:

In a large skillet set over medium heat add ground lamb, shallot, kosher salt, coriander, cumin, allspice, smoked paprika, ground cinnamon and black pepper.

Cook until the meat mixture is no longer pink, add in garlic and sauté until fragrant - about 1 minute.

Remove meat from the stove and add warm cooked couscous to the skillet. Stir to combine.

Add in apricots, currents, feta cheese, pistachios, cilantro and mint. Stir to fully combine and serve while warm.


Note: If the mixture seems a little dry you can drizzle it with a little olive oil to give it some moisture.

36 Responses to “Fried Green Tomatillos”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — August 4, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I ADORE tomatillos, but I have never had them fried. Clearly, that must change!

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — August 4, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Fried green tomatoes are basically one of my most favorite dishes of all time. I love slapping a few on a BLT. But I’ve never thought to do tomatillos! Brilliant!

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    Bri | Bites of Bri — August 4, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Genius! I just made fried green tomatoes and could only find a few at my farmers market. Tomatillos will definitely make this a more common dish around here since we can always find them. yum!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 4, 2014 at 8:04 am

    GAH!! What an awesome looking recipe! I can totally see myself just digging into an entire batch for dinner. So yummy!

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    Cassie — August 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I love how resourceful you are. 🙂 This is genius!

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    Christie - Food Done Light — August 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Brilliant! What a great way to use tomatillos a personal favorite of mine. I have got to make these.

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    Rebecca {foodie with family} — August 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

    This is just plain brilliant and I want to eat my own weight in fried green tomatillos!

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    Becca from It's Yummi! — August 4, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I don’t think a Wisconsin grocery store would know a green tomato if it hit them in the face. I’m pickin’ up some tomatillos, because this looks obscenely delicious!

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — August 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I can’t even deal with how gorgeous and delicious these look! I need some right now!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 4, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I am ashamed to admit that I’ve never even tried fried green tomatoes… obvi I need to change that ASAP!

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    Ginny McMeans — August 4, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    This is a great idea. Thank goodness you couldn’t find any green tomatoes so you could invent this!

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    Coleen @ The Redhead Baker — August 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Looks delicious! I’ve made salsa verde with tomatillos, but I wasn’t sure what else you could do with them!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 4, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I want to marry these.

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — August 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Oh pass those my way! They look soooo awesome!

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    Shaina — August 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve had fried green tomatoes and freaking devoured them, but tomatillos?! Even better. Must try!

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    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds — August 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Ok, I MUST try these! Sounds awesome!

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    Amanda @The Kitcheneer — August 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Way to be resourceful in a time of “crisis”! I need to try these! Pinning!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — August 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Genius is right! Way to come up with a fantastic idea in a pinch!

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    Rebecca Flagg — August 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    DROOLING over this deliciousness!! Can’t wait to try this recipe out

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    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — August 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    First off, your pictures are AMAZING! Secondly, this is just brilliant!! LOVE!

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    Lora @cakeduchess — August 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I just had dinner and all I want is a stack of these gorgeous tomatillos…this looks so, so good!!!

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — August 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Fried green tomatoes are one of my absolute favorites. These fried tomatillos just might become my new fave. Pinned!

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    Meseidy — August 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I think these are genius! I have scheduled to share them all over the place! I haven’t been able to find green tomatoes and now I am kicking myself for not thinking of this! DUH! 😀

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — August 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I was actually thinking about doing this the other day, but didn’t wnat to waste the effort and risk them being gross. SO thanks for taking one for the team and experimenting! Now I know they’re good – and I can make that awesome dipping sauce to go with them.

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    Nathalie C. @ Devoted Foodie — August 4, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Fried green tomatoes are SO good! But, these looks pretty tasty too!

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    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — August 5, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I must shamefully admit I’ve never tried tomatillos!! They look so good!

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    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — August 5, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I’ve only ever had tomatillos in salsa….this is a brilliant idea! I imagine eating these like fried pickles. 🙂

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    Debi — August 5, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I have never had these before but I want to try them

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    Jennifer | Bake or Break — August 5, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Looks like you did good!

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    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — August 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I have never had a fried green tomato or tomatillo – clearly I need to change that ASAP! Looks delicious!

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    Carla — August 5, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Oh wow these tomatillos are gorgeous! I tend to buy tomatillos spur-of-the-moment then get home and have no clue what to make besides salsa. Now I know I can fry them 😀

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    Joanne — August 8, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Fried green tomatoes are definitely one of my newest summer OBSESSIONS. I tried them for the first time last year and now I can’t get enough. I’m pretty sure tomatillos are the perfect substitute.and they probably have a slighter better flavor than green tomatoes do anyway!

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    grace — August 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    this is really a super duper idea, and i’ve never seen it done! it’s an attractive and undoubtedly delicious dish.

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