When I think about weeknight dinners and how to make them both easy and elevated, Mina comes to mind. I prefer everything homemade and have been a Harissa lover ever since I stumbled upon it in Sami Tamimi’s cookbook, Jerusalem. This North African condiment quite simply makes me happy – it is absolute soul food at its best. While I love the art of chopping the tomatoes, peppers, and spices, it is time consuming and labor intensive, so imagine my delight when I discovered Mina’s Harissa. It tasted as if it had been created in a grandmother’s kitchen. Rather than a paste, it’s an actual homestyle Harissa – and such began my love affair with Mina.
Roasted Lamb Loin with Mina Green Harissa
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
- Take lamb chops out of the refrigerator while oven is preheating about 10 minutes.
- Preheat oven 425.
- Coat the lamb chops with 2 T olive oil and season with 1 t salt and 1 t pepper.
- Heat large heavy bottom skillet over medium high heat for 1 minute (one used for stove top and oven).
- Sear the lamb – 2 minutes one side, 2 minutes the other side, and 1 minute fat side down, bones up.
- Remove pan from the heat, brush with green harissa, being sure to cover lamb chops well on each side.
- Position lamb chops bone side down, fat side up
- Roast 5-6 minutes until medium rare.
- Remove and brush with remaining Mina’s green harissa
- Serve more sauce room temperature on the side.