Spiced Lamb-and-Rice Dressing with Chickpeas

Spiced Lamb-and-Rice Dressing with Chickpeas Recipe
Quentin Bacon
Instead of the more common bread-based dressing, Sam Mogannam's mother, Mariette, always serves turkey with this hearty, savory Palestinian stuffing, traditionally used as a filling for grape leaves or halved zucchini.


Total time: 45 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Active: 20 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes


1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 pound ground lamb
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 1/2 cups jasmine rice
1 can of chickpeas , drained
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup water
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts


In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the lamb, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom and allspice and cook, stirring, until the lamb is no longer pink and the liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes. Add the rice and chickpeas along with 2 teaspoons of salt and a pinch of pepper and cook, stirring, until evenly coated. Add the stock and water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small skillet. Add the pine nuts and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer the pine nuts to a plate and season with salt.

Fluff the rice and transfer it to a bowl. Sprinkle the toasted pine nuts over the dressing and serve.