Harissa, garlic, and salt rubbed leg of lamb - now what?
- LaureltQ Jun 3, 2014 10:17 AM
I got one of the boneless legs of lamb at costco, and cut a flat part out (probably 2-2.5lbs) and rubbed it with harissa seasoning, a little granulated garlic, and some salt, then vac packed it and tossed it in the freezer. I'm on a sous vide kick and am wanting to try a 24 hr cook at 130 degrees for this, but I'm not entirely sure what to do as far as sides? We generally avoid refined flour/grains, but for a special meal, I'm totally happy to change that.
My initial thoughts were some sort of lemony minty greek yogurt mixed with israeli couscous or wheat berries, plus either wilted kale or sauteed zucchini? I don't usually do a lot of north african type cooking, so I'm kind of at a loss here!
I make a tabouleh-type salad with quinoa instead of bulgur that might work here: Cooked quinoa, cooled then mixed with lemon juice, olive oil, tomatoes, scallions, lots of cilantro, S&P. Some possible add-ins are chickpeas, olives, chopped green beans sauteed with lots of garlic.
The Arab dish sleek might be nice too. It's kale cooked with black-eyed peas, sometimes with bulgur or rice.
Afghan eggplant with garlic yogurt sauce (bouranee baunjan) would be a great complement to your lamb dish. Lamb and eggplant are a match made in heaven.
Couscous mixed with my yogurt seems a bit mushy to me. If you want to have something similar, you can make boondi raita from chickpea flour balls to serve aside a rice pilaf with sliced almonds and crunchy vegetables. Cinnamon and cumin-scented carrot salad will give the rest of the plate a Moroccan flair.