Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts
YieldsServes 4
We cut the lamb into smaller pieces so it cooks quickly and so each one has some of the flavorful harissa crust when sliced.

How to Make It

Step 1
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Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for high heat (450° to 550°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 4 seconds). In a small bowl, combine harissa, garlic, and 1/4 cup oil; set some aside for serving. Cut lamb into 4 pieces, then brush 2 tbsp. of paste over each. Grill lamb, turning and brushing with a little more paste as you go, until done the way you like, about 10 minutes for medium-rare. Let rest 10 minutes, then slice.

Step 2
2

For salad, mix together chickpeas, mint, lemon peel, juice, salt, onion, and remaining 1/4 cup oil. Serve lamb slices over or mixed into bean salad, with reserved harissa sauce on the side.

Step 3
3

*Buy harissa, a North African chile-and-spice paste, in the international section of many supermarkets.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ingredients

 1/4 cup harissa*
 1 large garlic clove, minced
 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
 1 pound lamb knuckle or bottom roast
 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed
 2/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  Peel from 1 lemon (use a vegetable peeler), thinly sliced
 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

Directions

Step 1
1

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for high heat (450° to 550°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 4 seconds). In a small bowl, combine harissa, garlic, and 1/4 cup oil; set some aside for serving. Cut lamb into 4 pieces, then brush 2 tbsp. of paste over each. Grill lamb, turning and brushing with a little more paste as you go, until done the way you like, about 10 minutes for medium-rare. Let rest 10 minutes, then slice.

Step 2
2

For salad, mix together chickpeas, mint, lemon peel, juice, salt, onion, and remaining 1/4 cup oil. Serve lamb slices over or mixed into bean salad, with reserved harissa sauce on the side.

Step 3
3

*Buy harissa, a North African chile-and-spice paste, in the international section of many supermarkets.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Harissa Lamb with Lemon Mint Chickpea Salad