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Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross Photo by: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Grilled Rack of Lamb with Saffron Rice

A rich, succulent cut of lamb with an earthy spice rub and rice maintain a good nutrition profile. The spices add flavor to the lamb with no additional fat and negligible sodium, while the prudent three-ounce serving size of meat keeps fat in check. Serving this entrée with a spiced rice rounds out the meal. One serving of this dish offers about one-fourth of your daily saturated fat allotment. Plate with steamed haricots verts.

Cooking Light APRIL 2008

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 lamb chops and 3/4 cup rice)

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) French-cut rack of lamb (8 ribs)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Preparation

1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic to pan; cook 5 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Add rice and next 3 ingredients (through bay leaf); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Keep warm.

2. Prepare grill.

3. Combine salt and next 6 ingredients (through pepper). Brush lamb with oil, and rub with salt mixture. Place lamb on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes, turning once or until a thermometer registers 145° (medium-rare) to 160° (medium). Let stand 5 minutes before slicing into chops. Serve lamb with rice.

Wine note: Lamb—even spicy lamb like this—is one of the most flexible meats when it comes to wine. It goes with just about every major red varietal. That said, when spice plays a key role, as it does here, I love to choose a thick, rich, spicy red that will both mirror the spiciness of the dish and act as a soft, thick backdrop. An Australian shiraz is perfect. And since this is a special, fairly expensive cut of meat, I've chosen a wine worthy of it: Penfolds St. Henri 2003 from South Australia, $42. —Karen MacNeil

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 294
  • Calories from fat: 35%
  • Fat: 11.3g
  • Saturated fat: 4.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 24.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 22.6g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Cholesterol: 68mg
  • Iron: 2.4mg
  • Sodium: 618mg
  • Calcium: 40mg
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