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Currant-Glazed Lamb Chops with Pistachio Couscous

Currant-Glazed Lamb Chops with Pistachio Couscous is definitely a company-worthy entree, but it's also easy on the cook. The slow-cooked flavor of these lamb chops will have guests thinking you've been in the kitchen all day--not 20 minutes.

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 2 chops and 2/3 cup couscous)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 2 teaspoons minced rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 (3-ounce) lamb rib chops, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup red currant jelly
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup unsalted shelled dry-roasted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • Rosemary leaves (optional)

Preparation

1. Bring 1 1/4 cups broth, 2 teaspoons oil, and 1/8 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in couscous; cover. Remove pan from heat.

2. Combine remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, remaining 3/8 teaspoon salt, rosemary, garlic powder, and pepper in a bowl. Rub paste evenly on both sides of chops. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add lamb; cook for 6 minutes or until desired degree of doneness, turning once. Remove from pan, and keep warm.

3. Add remaining 1/4 cup broth, jelly, vinegar, and mustard. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 90 seconds or until slightly syrupy.

4. Fluff couscous with a fork; stir in pistachios, and sprinkle with mint. Spoon sauce over lamb. Garnish with rosemary leaves, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 507
  • Fat: 17.4g
  • Saturated fat: 4.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 8.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2g
  • Protein: 29.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 56.4g
  • Fiber: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Iron: 2.9mg
  • Sodium: 595mg
  • Calcium: 42mg
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