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What to serve with lamb loin chops

I'm having lamb loin chops marinated in yogurt and rosemary for dinner. I'm planning on grilling them. I've only served lamb a couple of times, and all as an appetizer, so I just paired it with a dipping sauce, not a whole menu.

I just can't decide what to serve with them. I have some leftover eggplant soup (inspired by the recent chow eggplant soup video) that I might put under or over it as a sauce (there is only like a half cup left).

I'm wondering if people could suggest something to round out the dinner.

A salad? A rice or bulgur dish? I guess I'm aiming for the Mediterranean but any suggestions are welcome.

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  1. coucous, and since we have nice specimens out now, dice up some fresh yellow squash or zucchini into it, chopped mint, toasted pine nuts, maybe a little feta, to go with your Medi theme....

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    1. re: mariacarmen

      I love the idea of mint in couscous! (and I think we were posting at the same time. :)

      1. re: 4Snisl

        yep! i forgot the scallions! and i like the lemon zest, goes so well with the lemons.

        1. re: mariacarmen

          do you think this would work with rice? i'm not sure i feel like going to the store on the way home...

          1. re: mariacarmen

            oops, i meant to say lemon zest goes so well with LAMB.

        2. re: mariacarmen

          I would love couscous like this with the lamb, though I would consider grilling the squash and onions alongside the meat before chopping. Lightly grilled, herbed tomato halves would be delicious and add color to the plate.

        3. I love couscous with lamb. If the flavors would work OK, one of my favorite things to do with couscous is to let it steam, fluff, and then mix in chopped parsley, currants or golden raisins, chopped scallions, and lemon zest. Top with toasted pinenuts.

          Roasted rosemary potatoes could go well.


          If you don't want the heaviness of a starch, Catalan Spinach recipe with pinenuts and raisins: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

          Leftover eggplant soup as sauce sounds like a good re-purposing!

          1. I really like spinach with lamb or steak. and for the starch... I've got a huge thing for polenta chips right now. Just can't get enough!

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            1. re: Soop

              love polenta with lamb and either sauteed spinach or sauteed rabe.

            2. I really like French style flagelot or cannelini beans 'simmered' in a bit of weak stock, garlic clives and rosemary so that any liquid reduces and leaves nice garlicky rosemary beans

              1. i like more of a southern take.....corn pudding or spoonbread

                1. rice pilaf, horiatiki salad, hummus, pitas, grilled veggies those are my typical sides.

                  1. Having marinated the chops in yoghurt, that suggests eastern Mediterranean to me.

                    So, yes, rice or bulghur as the carb. I wouldnt want to overdo the flavours here so a simple pilaf using either of them - with parsley, some chickpeas - would give a nice Cypriot feel to it.

                    Keeping to that theme, a Cypriot village salad - lettuce, tomato, cucumber, coriander, red onion, a few black olives (traditionally, there'd be feta cheese in a village salad, but I reckon better without here).

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                    1. re: Harters

                      I definitely think I'm going to make that salad! I don't have olives (and I don't feel like stopping on the way home). but i have everything else. i do have feta, would that be good to replace the salty bite of the olive?

                      1. re: luciaannek

                        Yes, that would do it. Sounds delicious. What time did you say dinner is? ;)

                    2. Quinoa! It is easy to prepare, and sauteed aromatic vegetables (onions, celery, bell peppers, carrots, etc.) can be incorporated with the quinoa.

                      1. Hi all! Here's what I ended up having:
                        Lamb chops marinated in rosemary, yogurt, salt and pepper. I accidentally overcooked 2 of the 3 b/c my dog distracted me. Oh well. Such is life.
                        Eggplant sauce. Leftover eggplant soup, pureed with garlic, jalapeno, onions salt and pepper and a bit of balsamic vin. This made the dish.
                        Basmati rice with golden raisins and coriander.
                        Salad of young greens, cucumber, tomato, lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper.

                        It was very good, and the plate was very pretty. I garnished with pine nuts and chopped parsley. Surprisingly, clean-up was super easy, because I grilled the chops and used my dish washer safe rice cooker.

                        Thanks for your help!