Lamb Chops Served with Arugula Salad & Couscous

I am not a fan of prepackaged spice combinations. I usually mix or add my own spices depending on what I am cooking. While living in New Hampshire, my local butcher introduced me to Harris’ Pelham Inn seasoning. He told me to sprinkle a little on a prime rib roast I was purchasing. What a great recommendation! Harris’ Pelham Inn seasoning is a pretty simple spice combination with celery salt being the predominate flavor. For years I’ve been having it shipped to me from New Hampshire. It’s only available in a few local shops in the New England area. The seasoning is just incredible and is a wonderful compliment to beef and lamb!

For Easter a few years ago, I served lamb chops slathered in garlic and seasoned with Pelham Inn seasoning. I received nothing, but rave reviews. This past weekend I attempted to figure out the right combination to make my own Pelham Inn inspired seasoning. Let me tell you, it wasn’t hard. All of the ingredients were listed on the label. My attempt was a success, and I’m ready to share it with you!

I love lamb chops and adding a little minced garlic and Pelham Inn seasoning makes these little puppies explode with flavor! A side of arugula salad topped with Parmesan cheese and couscous… Can you say gourmet dinner! A gourmet dinner, made fast and with ease.

You Will Need -
Enough for 2 Portions – You can easily double or triple the recipe if desired

Amazing Lamb Chops -
1 lb Lamb Chops
4 Garlic Cloves, Minced
Pelham Inn Inspired Seasoning (recipe below)

Spice Rub Inspired by Pelham Inn Seasoning -
1 ½ tsp Celery Salt
½ tsp Paprika
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Pepper

Arugula Salad -
2 Large Handfuls Arugula
3 Tbs of Olive Oil
Juice of 1 Lemon
Salt & Pepper
Parmesan Cheese, shaved

Couscous – I use Near East, Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil -
Prepare according to the directions on the box

Start your water boiling for the couscous. Combine all of your dry spices in a bowl to make the Pelham Inn inspired seasoning. Mince or press your garlic and rub each side of the lamb chops with the garlic. Sprinkle each side of the lamb chops with the seasoning. Don’t be skimpy!

In a salad bowl squeeze the juice of one lemon and add the olive oil. Mix vigorously with a whisk to create an emulsion, where the oil and lemon juice come together. Add salt & pepper to taste. Add 2 large hand fulls of arugula and toss. Cook your couscous according to the directions on the package.

Grill your lamb chops to your desired doneness. They cook very quickly, only 2 – 3 minutes on each side. I actually used a panini press to cook mine. It’s kind of like a George Forman grill on steroids. You can broil the lamb chops in an oven or cook them on a grill. Plate your lamb chops on top of a bed of couscous. place your arugula salad next to the lamb chops and top with the Parmesan cheese shavings. That’s it, a great quick gourmet dinner. Go, cook, eat and enjoy!

Questions, comments, love the dish? I would love to hear your comments below.

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19 Comments on “Lamb Chops Served with Arugula Salad & Couscous”

  1. woodswomen@aol.comy says:

    Trying this tonight. Can’t wait for the next one.

  2. This recipe sounds yummy and your pics are fantastic!

  3. I’ve been having some major lamb cravings, so this dish is really calling to me right now. Spice rubs really help to make meats so much more flavorful, right? I usually make my own, too, but there’s definitely nothing wrong with using a pre-made one you like. So yummy with the arugula and couscous. :-)

  4. I have been plowing through my RSS all evening, filtering tweets and Facebook posts from, seemingly, everyone posting their Valentines day meal. This is the first one I really wish I had the time to make this week. I hope it tastes as stunning as it looks.

  5. These look great. I just discovered my love for lamb chops last night when my hubby made them for me. Absolutely delish.

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