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Lamb Chops with Apricot Pilaf

Seared lamb chops brushed with balsamic vinegar and garlic, paired nicely with a house-made apricot pilaf.

INGREDIENTS (4 Servings)

  • 6oz Near East® Rice Pilaf Mix
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions or scallions
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves (chop large pieces)
  • 1/3 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 4 American lamb shoulder arm chops or leg sirloin chops, 3/4 inch thick (about 1.5 pounds trimmed)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. In medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add rice pilaf mix and cook 30 seconds, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add water and contents of spice sack, bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Stir preserves, yogurt and parsley into rice mixture; heat through.
  5. Meanwhile, brush both sides of lamb with vinegar and sprinkle with garlic salt. Broil 4-5 inches from heat 5 minutes per side to desired doneness. Serve with rice.

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