Themed burgers can be dangerous. Use too many gimmicks, make things too complicated, and you run the risk of being all concept. It's one of the things I most admire about Chef Scott Smith at RUB BBQ in New York, who does a different themed burger every week. Scott's burgers are always playful and within the idea he's doing, but they always work.I keep this in mind anytime I try something overly complicated or themed — making sure that the dish works not just within the theme but on the palate. So it was with this Greek-themed lamb burger with tzatziki. Technically pita probably would have been the component to finish this theme, but it's hard to find fantastic pita, and pita with a burger... well, kinda doesn't feel like a burger anymore — feels like a gimmick.So with this Greek-themed lamb burger, the flavors are there, with a couple themed touches, but when it comes down to it, it's still a burger. A spicy, tangy, salty, juicy, wet burger. You won't be disappointed.
A unique braised lamb dish in which the liquid the lamb was braised in is used to cook — and flavor — tender orzo. This is a classic Greek lamb preparation that Chef Jim Botsacos of New York City's Molyvos Restaurant makes to celebrate Easter. — Allison Beck
These satisfying and tender lamb shanks are a great alternative to ham, turkey or lamb chops for a holiday dinner, served with a seasoned red wine sauce.This recipe is courtesy of Karrie Holland, Tasty Ever After.
Lamb is more expensive than other types of ground meat but take one bite of these juicy burgers and you’ll see why. We don’t add much to the ground meat — just some onion, garlic, and spices — so that the flavor of the lamb can shine. Skip the cheese on these burgers and opt for a flavorful yogurt-based sauce instead.
What's a crossbone, you ask? It's the double porterhouse version of a lamb — the saddle of the animal that essentially gives you every cut you'd order separately. This recipe makes bacon with the lamb, and serves it with a light watercress salad and flavorful smoked barley.
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For a great sandwich, you need plenty of crunch and a good allotment of flavor and texture contrasts. Here, the tender, tasty lamb meat contrasts with the toasted bread and the crunchy, moist celery root salad. It’s important to place a lettuce leaf on either side of the lamb and celery root salad to keep the bread from getting soggy. Serve these sandwiches with some crispy gherkins and a glass of good ale.
After receiving a new Dutch oven for Christmas (yay!), I was excited to put it to use with this easy stew. Feel free to add other herbs like rosemary or thyme to it and vegetables like chickpeas or beans, but this lamb stew is delicious as is. Because of my love for tomatoes, I decided to use that as my braising liquid instead of broth. It still has a fair amount of acidity and some sweetness, which was enhanced by the carrots. We served it with crispy potatoes, but it would also work well with rice, couscous, or boiled potatoes. Click here to see the Slow Cooker Challenge. Click here for more of the 101 Best Slow Cooker Recipes
While I roasted this lovely piece of meat, you can also easily butterfly it and cook it on the grill during the summer (of course, remove the bone first). When using such high-quality meat such as Lava Lake Lamb, there isn't much that needs to be done. So in this simple recipe, I used the classic lamb pairings of rosemary and garlic, plus some fresh sage and then salt, pepper, and olive oil. Of course, you're welcome to get a little fancier and create a Dijon marinade instead or try basting the lamb with Dijon periodically while it's cooking. Up to you.
I suggest serving this with crisp, roasted potatoes and some quickly roasted tomatoes as well.
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My mom’s stir-fries were a family staple growing up. They were simple for her to make, healthy, and they appealed to my sisters and I because we could add a little more flavor with extra cheese or soy sauce (even coconut milk, on occasion) to the mix. Today, her stir-fries still reign supreme, with the help of some sliced garlic and ginger. But I still revert to my favorite combination when making them at home: pan-seared bits of lamb loin chops atop a bed of brown rice and sautéed or broiled broccoli. Plus, it’s dairy-, wheat-, and corn-free.
Don’t like brown rice? You can substitute whatever you like. I’ve made brown rice with coconut oil for extra fluffiness and a creamy bite, and added coconut milk to short grain white rice for something exotic. And don't feel like you only have to use broccoli! Bell peppers, sliced carrot, zucchini, snap peas, and bean sprouts also work well. Starting with bits of chopped garlic and ginger before adding the vegetables makes for a delicious depth of flavor, while if you don’t like lamb, you can choose something else. But for the tenderest result, I swear by removing the meat from loin chops. It’s worth the labor. And if you have dogs at home, they’ll love you if you give them the bones (just supervise to ensure they don’t break pieces off).
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