HARISSA- SPICED LAMB CHOPS

2 3/4 hours, Serves 6

  • 6 double- rib lamb chops
  • 2 tbsp spicy harissa (try our Mina harissa- also available mild)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Ground cumin for sprinkling

Preparation

Pat chops dry and coat on all sides with harissa. Transfer to a glass dish and marinate, covered and chilled, 2 hours.

Sprinkle chops with salt. Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then brown chops on all sides, 7 to 8 minutes total.

Add butter and thyme and continue to cook, turning chops frequently with tongs and basting occasionally, until thermometer inserted between ribs to center of a chop (do not touch bone) registers 130 to 135°F for medium-rare, 5 to 8 minutes more. Transfer chops to a cutting board and let stand, uncovered, 10 minutes.

Serve with ground cumin for sprinkling.