Goat Chops with Potato Pave and Charmoula

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Goat chops served with a crisp gratin of potatoes, charmoula sauce and tahini is rich with Middle-Eastern flavors.

Grass fed lamb chops with potato pave and charmoula recipe
Goat chops can be fantastic seared at a high heat and can be paired with anything.

In this recipe and video Chef Ben shows how to create delicious cheesy potatoes that are slow cooked and then pressed. After cooking the potatoes are griddled in butter and coated in tahini and spicy yet acidic charmoula. The fatness of the tahini sour spicy of the charmoula and seared goat will impress anyone because of the balanced flavors. It’s a little prep before you dine with family or friends, but once the potatoes are made you can serve them up in a few days by warming them up in the oven.

Grass fed lamb chops with potato pave and charmoula recipe
Making potato pave. Make sure to put some parchment in the bottom to allow the pave to release.

Chef Ben Spangler.

This recipe is by chef Ben Spangler. Hailing from Minnesota, Ben draws from his Midwestern roots to create dishes that are unpretentious and delicious. Ben has competed on national television for the Food Network and appeared on local Minneapolis food networks. He is currently working on a new ice cream concept in Minneapolis. Chef Ben Spangler www.benimagination.com Video By: BSPAD www.bspad.com

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Grass fed lamb chops with potato pave and charmoula recipe
Pan seared goat chops with potato gratin and charmoula sauce.

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Grass fed lamb chops with potato pave and charmoula recipe
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Goat Chops with Charmoula, Tahini Sauce, and Potato Pave

Grass fed goat chops with tahini, spicy charmoula, and a potato pave.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Charmoula, Goat Chops, Potato pave, Tahini sauce
Servings: 4 servings
Cost: 10


  • 1 Griddle or large cast iron skillet


Goat Chops

Tahini Sauce

  • 4 oz Tahini stirred
  • 2 T Garlic minced
  • 2 oz Lemon juice
  • 4 oz Water
  • Salt/ Pepper


  • ½ c chopped Parsley
  • ½ c chopped mint
  • 1 T Garlic minced
  • 1 T paprika
  • 1 t red pepper
  • 1 t cumin
  • 4 oz evoo
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • salt/ pepper to taste

Potato Pave (see recipe below)



  • Add all ingredients except lime juice & garlic into mortar and pestle, grind into a paste then add lime juice and garlic, then stir to combine.

Tahini sauce

  • Soak minced garlic in lemon juice for 30 min and then strain out into tahini paste slowly wisk together and while whisking add water to become a slightly viscous sauce.

Cook and Serve

  • Season chops lightly with salt. Pan sear Lamb chops fat side first, then the sides. Allow to rest 5 min.
  • When the pave is warm, put on a plate and sauce with chermoula & tahini, about 1oz each. Garnish with fresh apples and cilantro. Serve.



Either lamb or goat chops can be used in this recipe. Lamb loin or shoulder chops are fine too. 

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Potato Pave

Potato pave comes from the French term for pavement, meaning square. It's a delicious recipe for layered, cheese potatoes.


  • Deep 4-6 inch mold or baking dish


  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 3 c gruyere shredded
  • 1 c pecorino ramono cheese shredded
  • ½ stick of butter
  • Salt/ Pepper
  • 1 qt heavy cream

Pave Cream

  • 2 Tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper


Pave Cream

  • Heat the ingredients for the pave cream and simmer on the lowest heat possible for 20 minutes. Cool and reserve.
  • Slice potatoes 1/8th “ thick and square off edges
  • Lay paper in bun pan (be sure to have 2 of the same pans) I used my terrine molds
  • Spray the mold with oil and begin to shingle potatoes only slightly overlappying each potato season with salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons of of pave cream, 3 dollops of butter, 1.5oz gruyere, .5oz pecorino ramano, then repeat
  • Once you've repeated this all the way to the top of your pan, cover and bake for 1 hr. (@325F) The size of your pan will determine the total time in the oven. Once removed from the oven after an hour try using a small knife to check for resistance put back into the oven with no lid until completely tender.
  • once easily pierced with a knife pull from the oven and let sit at room temp for 1 hour and place your second pan on top with 5 lbs. of pressure. Place in fridge and allow to completely cool overnight or 3 hours. This will allow it to set in shape. Remove from the pan and cut into quarters or bigger or smaller and griddle in a pan with butter, sear on one side and flip over and sear the other. Be sure it is warmed all the way through.