Persian Spiced Ground American Lamb with Mint Couscous

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Persian Spiced Ground American Lamb with Mint Couscous in a serving platter with serving spoons


Persian Spiced Ground American Lamb

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 

Mint Couscous

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a small bowl, combine cumin, coriander, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom; set aside. Preheat a large skillet to medium-high heat; add oil, garlic, shallot and ginger. Cook for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add Persian spices; cook for another 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste; stir to combine, cooking for a few minutes until tomatoes are softened. Stir in lamb; cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add stock; continue to cook for a few more minutes until most liquid has evaporated. Stir in the chopped cilantro; check seasoning. 

For the Mint Couscous: In a large heatproof bowl, pour boiling water over the couscous. Cover; let stand for about 15 minutes then fluff with a fork. Add the shallot, mint and oil; toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve: Spread Mint Couscous onto a serving tray. Top with Persian Spiced Ground American Lamb; garnish with Greek yogurt or tzatziki.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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