Lamb brochettes with apricot & pine nut couscous

Lamb brochettes with apricot & pine nut couscous

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Cooking time

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 8 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Moroccan spices marry the natural affinity of lamb and apricot, a delicious family meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
679
protein
44g
carbs
37g
fat
40g
saturates
13g
fibre
3g
sugar
12g
salt
0.39g

Ingredients

  • 750g boneless lamb, leg or lean shoulder, cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp harissa (Moroccan spice paste)
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 apricots
  • 200g couscous
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 25g toasted pine nuts
  • 300ml boiling vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp chopped mint
  • juice 2 lemons
  • 150ml pot Greek yogurt

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Method

  1. Put the lamb in a bowl. Mix the harissa with 1 tbsp oil, pour over lamb, then mix well. Cut 4 apricots into quarters, add to bowl, mixing lightly, then season. Thread lamb and apricots alternately onto 8 skewers.
  2. Chop the remaining apricots, then put in a bowl with the couscous, spring onions and pine nuts. Pour over the boiling stock, cover and leave to stand for 10 mins until liquid is absorbed. Fluff up with a fork, add half the mint, the lemon juice, remaining oil and seasoning, then mix well.
  3. Stir remaining mint and seasoning into the yogurt, then scatter with extra mint if you like. Grill or barbecue skewers for 6-8 mins, turning, until meat is nicely browned. Serve with couscous and yogurt.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2009

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kvella1's picture
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I found the Harissa wasn't strong enough (couldn't taste it) and the lemon was a bit overpowering. Will try with 2 tbsp Harissa and 1 lemon next time.

trees0604's picture
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Hi I added walnuts as I had no pine nuts. Also added sliced shallots to the kebabs. Also marinaded for about 20 minutes. Was fine and very filling!

vivienspiteri's picture

All the good supermarkets stock it.

jamboken's picture

'Harissa' is the key word here Joanna, look for that. It's in Sainsbury's on the herbs and spice section. It's a chilli based paste with different spices in. I used it in Tagine and any sort of Moroccan dish.

sbi4jr1's picture

I've never heard of Moroccan spice paste, where can I buy it?

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