|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 102g||131%|
|Saturated Fat 35g||174%|
|Total Carbohydrate 55g||20%|
|Dietary Fiber 12g||42%|
|Total Sugars 22g|
|Vitamin C 195mg||976%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Lamb backstrap is a top-grade cut of lamb. It is lean yet full of flavor, and perfect for marinating, barbecuing, and grilling. This small boneless cut comes from the back of the lamb near the spine, an area that is not used much for movement, that’s why it’s so tender. In the United States and Australia, that cut of meat from the middle of the loin is also called eye of loin.
This cut of lamb is a favorite in Moroccan cuisine, which served as the inspiration for this recipe. The lamb backstraps are marinated in a mixture of cumin, smoked paprika, cilantro, parsley, and garlic and then barbecued to perfection. Marinate the meat for at least two hours for up to 24 hours in the fridge. The longer it sits, the more flavorful it will be. The marinade is discarded.
After grilling the lamb to medium-rare, give it five minutes to rest off the heat but cover it well during that time. This rest period is important because the internal cooking temperature remains constant or rises. If you are unsure about it being done, use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature. The safe temperature for cooked lamb is 145 F as per USDA recommendations.
Serve the meat with the with light refreshing cucumber-mint yogurt and lemon wedges. For side dishes, roasted potatoes or steamed bulgur or couscous go well with the grilled lamb.
If you have any leftover meat and cucumber yogurt, they make a tasty sandwich filling. You can also use them for a wrap or to stuff a pita bread like a Middle Eastern-style sandwich.
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 pounds (600 grams) lamb backstraps
3/4 cup natural yogurt
1/2 cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and chopped
1 tablespoon mint, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 lemon, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Combine the marinade ingredients together in a large, non-reactive bowl. Add the lamb backstraps, and mix well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
Prepare the cucumber yogurt just before cooking the lamb. Combine yogurt, cucumber, mint, lemon juice, and salt together in a small bowl. Stir well, and set aside.
Heat grill or barbecue on a high heat. Cook lamb backstraps on all sides until medium rare - about 8 to 10 minutes.
Transfer lamb to a plate and cover loosely with foil for 5 minutes. After this time slice the lamb diagonally and then serve with cucumber yogurt and two lemon wedges.