Monday, May 16, 2011

Crisp and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas with Lamb

This past month I joined the Secret Recipe Club, which was a lot of fun - the idea is that you get randomly assigned another blogger in the group, and choose a recipe from their blog to try out.  I was assigned Bite Me New England, which had lots of delicious options to choose from!  I ended up selecting this fantastic roasted lamb-and-veggie dish, which was really delicious.  It combines roasted ground lamb with crispy roasted chickpeas, green beans, onions, and zucchini (my addition, because I had some extra to use up!).  Then everything is tossed with an orange reduction, which goes perfectly with the smoky cumin that's roasted in with the veggies.  Definitely a winner!  I served this dish as-is, but it would also be great alongside some couscous or with a dollop of Greek yogurt on top.  My friend Devin brought along a tasty Syrah, which he claims is "the lamb of wines", and so it was a terrific match to this dish!



Crisp and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas with Lamb (adapted from Mark Bittman, via Bite Me New England, original recipe here)
Serves 2

1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
Canola oil
Salt and pepper
1/3 pound ground lamb
1/2 sweet yellow onion, cut into thick slices
4 ounces green beans, trimmed
1 small zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
Grated zest of 1/2 orange
1-1/2 tsp cumin
Cayenne pepper, to taste
Juice of 1 orange
Olive oil

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Toss together the chickpeas with a good glug of olive oil and some salt and pepper.  Spread evenly on a half-sheet pan nad bake, shaking the pan once or twice, until crisp and browned, 15-20 minutes.  Remove from pan and set aside.
2. Add a bit more oil, along with the lamb.  Break up the lamb a bit and roast until it is no longer pink and is starting to become crispy, about 10 minutes.
3. Add the onions, green beans, zucchini, garlic, orange zest, cumin, and cayenne to the lamb, and season with salt and pepper.  Return the pan to the oven and continue to roast until the veggies are tender and the lamb is very crispy, 10-15 minutes.  Remove the pan from the oven and toss the veggies with the chickpeas in a serving dish.
4. Place the roasting pan on the stove top over medium heat. Add the orange juice and cook, stirring and scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the pan, until reduced by about half, 5-10 minutes.  Toss the orange reduction with the lamb and chickpeas, along with a little olive oil if things are looking dry. Taste and adjust for seasoning.

Wine pairing of the night: Syrah.


22 comments:

  1. Great combination of flavors in the dish!

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  2. This recipe looks great! Glad to see the post working properly!

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  3. Love how this all comes together! I haven't had chickpeas in ages, you have inspired me to make some! Thanks for playing along :)

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  4. Love the combo of chickpeas and lamb - very Middle Eastern!

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  5. The orange and cumin sounds so delicious with the lamb and chickpeas. What a great meal!!

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  6. Anything with lamb in it is a hit with me. I also love chickpeas. Love it!

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  7. I love chickpeas and to pair it with lamb in a dish- wow! Must have been one tasty meal!

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  8. Wow that sounds very tasty. My boyfriend is a huge lamb fan and I've never cooked lamb before. This might be a good start since it uses ground lamb.

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  9. This club is SO much fun! I love it! What a fun dish. Chickpeas rock, especially when pair with other awesome flavors (like the ones in this recipe)! Hope you're having a nice Monday

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  10. I don't know that I've ever tried lamb, but you make this dish sound great. Yum!

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  11. What an interesting combination of flavors. Love all the veggies and the one dish meal idea. What fun this club is, trying out all different types of recipes!

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  12. Looks delicious. I love the orange element. Best...Susan

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  13. Great pairing Sara...this is a very inspired dish. I love that you chose lamb, and this has an orange reduction...and love the wine pairing as well. Great to have you at the SRC!

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  14. That looks like one fantastic dish.

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  15. We make roasted chickpeas for snack; never would have thought to combine them in a dish like this! It looks delicious!

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  16. This looks like a really interesting dish. I love all the different flavours. Very middle eastern!

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  17. Looks like a great combination! Am sure it was divine!

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  18. I am a huge fan of lamb. Nice work on this - looks awesome!

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  19. This looks great! I love chickpeas and I'm always looking for new recipes. So glad you are in SRC :)

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  21. Crispy chickpeas are one of my favorite snacks, but I never thought of incorporating them into a main dish! Now this is an idea I need to play with...

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  22. Huh, I never thought of roasting ground meat. That's a really interesting thing to try. It might work on those weeknights when I want to turn the over on for something else anyway; I always feel as thought I should maximise my use of it since it takes so much energy to run. Thanks for the inspiration!

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