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Moroccan Lamb Couscous

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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.

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