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A Recipe for Disney Cruise Line’s Marinated Lamb Chops

posted on February 4th, 2013 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line

Hello, I’m Stephen Walker, the Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef for Disney Cruise Line. I first joined Disney Cruise Line as a Chef de Cuisine on the Disney Magic in 2000, and then I served as Executive Chef on the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder from 2002 until 2008. Now, I work shoreside, where one of the areas I oversee is the Disney Cruise Line menu creation.

We’ve gotten a great response to the Disney Cruise Line recipes posted recently, so I’ll be sharing more of those with you on a regular basis. The dish I want to share with you today is Marinated Lamb Chops with Couscous Tabbouleh and Mint Mojo, a guest favorite at Cabanas on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream.

Bon appetit!

Marinated Lamb Chops with Couscous Tabbouleh and Mint Mojo
Serves 4

Lamb Chops
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
8 to 10 lamb chops
Light olive oil, for cooking

Couscous Tabbouleh
2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
1 (10-ounce) box couscous
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 plum tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 small red onion, finely diced
1/2 European cucumber, seeded and finely diced
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Mint Mojo
1 1/2 cups mint jelly
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 bunch mint leaves (about 1 packed cup)
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For lamb chops:

  1. Whisk together oil, lemon zest and juice, oregano, cumin, and pepper in a shallow dish. Add garlic. Add lamb chops and turn to coat.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
  3. Remove chops from refrigerator and shake off excess marinade. Set aside.
    Heat a large grill pan or skillet over high heat. Brush pan lightly with oil. Add chops and cook 2 1/2 minutes per side for medium-rare.

For couscous tabbouleh:

  1. Bring vegetable stock to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Meanwhile, place couscous in a medium heatproof bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. When stock boils, carefully pour over couscous; cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside 5 minutes.
  2. Uncover and fluff couscous with a fork. Stir in lime zest and juice, cumin, salt, and pepper. Add tomatoes, garlic, onion, cucumber, cilantro, and chickpeas. Stir to combine.

For mint mojo:

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until well combined.

To serve:

  • Spoon a portion of couscous into the center of a plate; place 2 lamb chops onto the couscous. Drizzle mint mojo around the plate and garnish with a sprig of mint, if desired.
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Skip from FL on February 4th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Welcome to the blog Mr. Stephen!


Cindy from VA on February 5th, 2013 at 7:03 am

This sounds great! Gonna give this a try this weekend. Thanks.


Melissa on February 6th, 2013 at 8:47 am

Can’t wait to try it and looking forward to seeing new ones! :)


George on February 6th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I have to say, those lamb chops made one of the more lackluster meals – the embarkation lunch – a must do! They are excellent, and I cannot wait to try this at home!