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Mediterranean Lamb Popcicles with Garlic Chicken Cous Cous

Mediterranean Lamb Popcicles with Garlic Chicken Cous Cous

Lamb is considered the world's healthiest meat, because of its ability to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is higher in calories, but that can be fixed by removing some of the fat. With that said lets dive into this great recipe with a Mediterranean flair.

You will need:

1 - Primo Grill (or other high heat grill) set for direct cooking
1 - Rack of lamb with bones frenched
1 - Bottle of John Henry's Papa Charlie's Greek Rub
1 or 2 - UUNI Sizzler Pans
1 cup - Cous Cous
1 Tbs - Butter
1 cup - water
1 - bottle Butcher's Grillin' Oil
1 - Tbs minced garlic
1 - Tbs Chicken Boullion

 

Primo and Flameboss
Preheat the grill to 600 degrees fahrenheit. I use a FlameBoss to make that easy and hold the temperature right where i want it.

Cut lamb chops with rub

Cut the rack of lamb into popcicles by cutting between the bones evenly and liberally coat both sides of the lamb with Papa Charlie's Greek Rub.

UUNI Sizzler pans on Primo Grill

Now would be a good time to place the UUNI sizzler pans or any cast iron pan on the grill to preheat. Coat pan with Butcher's Grillin' Oil allow to come up to temperature.

Lamb sizzling on grill

Once the pans are good and hot, place lamb chops in the pan and allow to sear for about 2 1/2 minutes per side. Your finished temperature should be 145 degrees fahrenheit.

While the lamb is cooking you should mix the 1 Tbs Chicken bouillon with 1 cup water, 1Tbs butter and 1 Tbs fresh minced garlic in a Cast Iron 3qt pot on the grill. Bring to a boil. Add 1 Cup Cous Cous and stir rapidly while removing from heat. Cover and let sit 4 to 5 min. Fluff with a fork before serving. Sprinkle with Papa Charlie's Greek Rub for a little color and added flavor complexity.

Lamb Chops and Cous Cous

If everything turned out right, this is what your meal should look like. It is a very savory meal with a taste that you and your guests would be sure to enjoy.

Thanks for trying this recipe, 
I hope you enjoy it!

Eric (Big Poppa) Jimenez
Southern Grillin'

Grilled Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes

Amanda Christian, CHNC

www.holisticrootswellness.com

Grilled Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes with grilled asparagus

This week I'm featuring the ever versatile vegetarian staple, the sweet potato! Sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamins A, C, and B6, manganese, potassium, fiber, and phosphorus. Vitamin C is essential for healthy skin elasticity and stress management.

 

My favorite thing about sweet potatoes, other than their delicious flavor, is their inflammation fighting benefits. Sweet potatoes are a good source of choline which helps with fat absorption, decreasing inflammation! Choline also helps with sleep and memory. Sweet potatoes are also awesome in fresh juices!

 

I might be obsessed with sweet potatoes...

Sweet Potato

I decided to give this recipe a Mediterranean twist by adding chickpeas for protein and spices like paprika and cumin. When grilled together, the chickpeas add a somewhat nutty flavor to the sweet potatoes.

 

This is possibly the easiest thing I have ever made as it all cooks in the same pan, and it is completely vegan! That's a win-win! I used the Weber vegetable pan because it has little slits all over it that allow the smoky grill flavor in and leave the chickpeas slightly crispy.

Sweet potato in grill wok with chick peas 

Every vegetarian dish needs something green! Asparagus is probably my favorite vegetable to grill as it only takes about 7 minutes to full cook.

 veggies cooking on grill

I cannot get over the convenience of cooking with a grill! My only cleanup with this recipe is the ManLaw Grill Wok and a single mixing bowl I used to prep the olive oil and spices. I didn't even have to brush the grill off!

 

You can easily turn this recipe into a carnivore's delight as well! In keeping with the Mediterranean theme, my husband chose to grill a fish filet. You can't beat versatile meals that will satisfy every guest!

 

Grilled Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 3-4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 60 minutes

Ingredients

3 medium sweet potatoes | cut in half

2 cans chickpeas | drained and rinsed

Asparagus | ends removed

½ tbsp olive oil

½ tsp each cumin, paprika, cinnamon

Garlic

Toppings

½ cup cherry tomatoes | cut in fourths

¼ cup parsley | minced

2 tbsp lemon juice

Chili garlic sauce to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat grill to 400 degrees and oil cooking pan. I prefer using a vegetable grill pan but a baking sheet or aluminum foil will also work.
  2. Rinse and scrub sweet potatoes and cut in half length wise. Rub sweet potatoes lightly with olive oil and place face down on the pan.
  3. Grill sweet potatoes for roughly 20 minutes.
  4. Toss chickpeas with olive oil and spices and place in the same pan on the grill roughly 20 minutes after sweet potatoes.
  5. Prepare the topping by tossing tomatoes and parsley with lemon juice and setting aside to marinate.
  6. Cut roughly ¼ inch off asparagus stems and marinate with olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. Place directly on grill last 10 minutes of cook time.
  7. Once sweet potatoes are fork tender and chickpeas are golden brown, remove from grill – roughly 45 minutes.
  8. Serve sweet potatoes face up and smash down the insides a little bit. Top with chickpeas, tomatoes, and chili garlic sauce to taste. Garnish with extra parsley. Add asparagus.

Special Diet Information

Gluten free

Vegan

 

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Hello! My name is Eric "Big Poppa" Jimenez and this is the first post to my blog on grillin'. My family and I have started Southern Grillin', that sells grills, utensils, smokers, coolers, heaters, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, cookin' pellets, etc and Southern Grillin' is about to start smokin'! We are opening on November 11th, 2016 at 1851 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach, FL. We are so happy to finally meet all the BBQ enthusiasts that reside in my home town of New Smyrna and surrounding areas. I am sure to see some old friends from school there and make some new ones. It has been a blast watching my dream of finally getting my chance to open a retail store come to fruition. As many of you may know my family is the Kirkland's of the former Kirkland Sod Inc. We recently sold our family business so my family could finally retire from over 60 years serving Central Florida. I wanted to continue in that legacy of serving our community, so Southern Grillin' was born. Please feel free to drop in and say hi! If you are an old customer of Kirkland Sod, old friend, new customer, or new friend, I will treat you like family and never pressure sale you into buying anything. Oh, and if you have a Harley, bring it too I have a soft spot for those. Hope to see so many of you on November 11th!

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