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Harissa Lamb with Eggplant

Updated February 23, 2016

Harissa, the fiery Moroccan spice paste, is available at specialty food shops. Use lamb chops, if you prefer.

Prepare ahead:

Store the eggplant sauce and marinate the lamb in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Bring the sauce to room temperature before serving.

6 servings

Preparation Time15 min

Preparation Time - Text15 mins, plus marinating

Cooking Time50 min

Cooking Time - Text50

Cooking Methodroasting

CostModerate

Moderate

Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionFormal Dinner Party

Recipe Coursemain course

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner

Moodadventurous

Taste and Texturecreamy, garlicky, hot & spicy, meaty, savory

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tbsp harissa
  • 2 lb (900g) boneless loin of lamb
  • 2 eggplants
  • ½ cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Combine 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp oil, the mint, and harissa in a zippered plastic bag. Add the lamb and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.

Meanwhile, place the eggplants on a baking sheet and prick with a fork several times. Bake for 30 minutes or until the skins have blackened. Let cool until easy to handle. Remove and discard the skins. Drain the eggplant flesh in a colander for 15 minutes. Purèe the eggplant, yogurt, remaining 3 tbsp lemon juice, tahini, and garlic in a blender. Season with salt and pepper.

Remove the lamb from the marinade. Season with salt. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil in a large ovenproof frying pan over high heat. Add the lamb and cook, turning occasionally, about 10 minutes, until browned. Transfer to the oven and roast about 10 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center reads 130°F (55°C) for medium-rare. Transfer to a platter and let stand 10 minutes.

Carve the lamb and serve on warmed plates with the purèe. Pour the pan juices over, and sprinkle with chopped mint.

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