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Perfect for burgers, oven roasting or grilling — lamb is a versatile meat and can be prepared quickly for a meal on the fly, or simmered for hours in a rich and hearty stew.
Lamb offers more than great flavor and endless possibilities. Three-ounces of cooked lamb is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B12, niacin, zinc and selenium.
From Middle Eastern to Indian and Mediterranean to Australian, lamb is featured in many different cuisines. Though mint jelly and lamb is a foolproof classic combination, experiment with internationally inspired combinations such as these:
Herbs and Spices
- Fresh herbs such as mint, cilantro, rosemary, thyme and basil can work to flavor the lamb before cooking in a marinade or join in later as a side dish component or sauce.
- Make a fragrant seasoning paste using lemon juice, garlic and paprika for lamb cuts bound for the grill.
- Warm spices like nutmeg and cinnamon are excellent with lamb, as well.
- Curries spiked with chiles, tomatoes and sometimes coconut milk coat lamb stew meat in a classic Indian gravy.
- Creamy yogurt-based sauces are a great way to feature lamb in Greek call upon lamb’s uses in Greek and Middle Eastern cuisines.
- Lamb is a constant in Mediterranean and North African meals, so dried fruit is a natural pairing — try dried apricots, prunes, currants and figs.
- Add grapes or pitted and wedged stone fruit to a lamb roast in the final 15 minutes of cooking.
3 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF LAMB
- Burger night with a twist. Nordic-inspired Lamb Sliders with Celery-Yogurt Sauce offer an easy and fun introduction to lamb.
- Dinner party pleaser. Leg of Lamb with Crispy Onions is a company-worthy dish that’s enhanced by the earthy, herbal flavors of caraway and rosemary.
- Cool-weather comfort. Warm up with Lamb Stew with Lemons and Olives. Tip: It can be made a day or two ahead.
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