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Archive for the month “January, 2016”

Lamb Steaks with Couscous & Chickpeas

We were looking for a change from the usual lamb dishes and decided to make a Moroccan style lamb dish.  This is a marvellous dish with many textures which can be made in just one pan in minutes from start to finish.

You can add any dried fruits or nuts you have at hand – I only had dried apricots and they worked a treat.  The sweetness of the dried fruit and the tang of the green olives along with the kick of chilli sauce make every mouthful a delight!

This will serve 4 people…

Spicy Lamb Steaks

Ingredients:

4 lamb steaks

2 tablespoons of McCormick Moroccan Seasoning

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup Sriracha Chili sauce

8 finely sliced dried apricots

½ cup sliced green olives

100g couscous

400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

100ml hot chicken stock (a cube is fine)

seasoning to taste

Handful of finely chopped coriander or parsley

Greek yoghurt to serve

Method:

Rub the lamb generously with Moroccan Seasoning

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the lamb for 3 mins on each side for medium-rare, or a little longer for well-done

Lift the meat out of the pan and the Sriracha sauce, dried apricots, green olives, couscous and chickpeas, then stir to coat in the paste

Take the pan off the heat and pour in the stock

Stir briefly and return the lamb to the pan and cover with a lid over a low heat for around 10 minutes until the couscous has absorbed all the liquid.

Fluff up the couscous with a fork, season to taste and fold the coriander or parsley through to serve

Serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt or sour cream

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Sriracha Spiced Bacon

I first saw this recipe on Pinterest  (acknowledgement to The Kitchen Whisperer) and was determined to try it.  Being a bacon lover, this ticks all the boxes – crispy, sweet, spicy – it is divine.  We fell upon it and devoured it in  minutes, fighting over the last little crumbs…

One tip – the drippings in the oven do burn and our kitchen filled up with smoke when I opened the oven door so make sure you have all the doors and windows open.  Or, do what we are planning to do next time – do it in the kettle BBQ – the neighbours will be salivating…

Sriracha Bacon

 

Ingredients:

500g streaky bacon

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons  Sriracha Chili sauce (or more if you like it really hot)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 220C.

Combine brown sugar, Sriracha sauce and cinnamon in a bowl

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminium foil

Place a wire cooling rack on top

Spray the rack with cooking spray

Place the pieces of bacon on top of the rack trying not to overlap

Microwave the spice mixture for 15-20 seconds until it’s spreadable

Spoon or brush the mixture on top of the bacon.

Place in oven and cook for about 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and flip the bacon.

Reheat the spice mixture

Spoon or brush the mixture on top of the bacon

Return to the oven and cook for an additional 10minutes.

Remove from the oven, allow to cool 1 minute on the rack and then using cooking tongs, and remove the bacon from the rack

The bacon will crisp up as it cools so leave for a few minutes

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

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