Lamb Backstrap with Couscous Salad

  • Prep Time
    15 min
  • Cook Time
    25 min
  • Difficulty
    Medium
  • Servings
    4
  • Ideal
    for
    • charcoal
    • gas
    • Q

Ingredients

  • 3 Lamb backstraps
  • 1 cup natural Greek yoghurt, to serve

 

Spice Rub

  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • ½ Tbsp ground coriander
  • ½ Tbsp paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

 

Couscous salad

  • 1 cup Couscous
  • 1 cup water, boiling hot
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 peaches, halved, stoned removed
  • ½ red onion, sliced finely
  • ½ cup pistachios, lightly toasted
  • ½ cup fresh coriander stems cut off
  • 1 pomegranate cut in half

 

Dressing

  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

Step 1
In a large bowl mix the spice rub ingredients together.

Add the lamb backstraps and rub the spice mixture into the flesh until the lamb is evenly coated. Set aside until needed.

Step 2
Light your heat beads either by using the supplied charcoal baskets or a chimney starter.  Once lit and ashed over, ensure the baskets are filled and set up in the centre of your kettle on the charcoal grate.  Place the grill back onto the kettle, ensure all vents are open, and place the lid on.

Step 3
While the barbecue is heating, start on the couscous salad.

Place the couscous, hot water, salt and butter in a medium sized bowl. Using a fork mix until evenly combined. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and set aside for 5 minutes.

Step 4
Place all the dressing ingredients into jug and whisk with a fork until well combined. Set aside until needed.

Step 5
Once the barbecue is preheated grill the peaches flesh side down directly above the charcoal for 4 minutes. Remove from the grill and slice into quarters..

Step 6
Grill the lamb backstraps directly on the grill for 2-3 minutes a side, or until done to your liking.

Step 7
Remove the lamb from the grill and set aside to rest for a couple of minutes.

Step 8
Assemble the salad by fluffing the couscous with a fork. Add the dressing and stir gently. Add the grilled peaches, red onion, pistachios and coriander.

Step 9
Using the back of a wooden spoon hit the pomegranates over the salad bowl so the seeds fall out. Gently stir to combine the salad ingredients.

Step 10
Thinly slice the lamb and serve it with the couscous salad and Greek yoghurt.