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    Intro to lamb?

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    My local farmer's market has lamb. I've never had lamb, so I thought I'd come here to ask a basic question:

    What is something easy to do with lamb, and what kind of cuts should I look for? Should I just bake a lamb leg or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEversbergII View Post
    My local farmer's market has lamb. I've never had lamb, so I thought I'd come here to ask a basic question:

    What is something easy to do with lamb, and what kind of cuts should I look for? Should I just bake a lamb leg or something?

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    Roasted leg of lamb is fantastic and not difficult. Also, loin chops are excellent and can be grilled up just like steak (medium-rare lamb is the bomb). Other cuts (shoulder for example) may be tougher and require different techniques. Honestly, as you have never had it and lamb tends to be expensive (around here anyway) I'd grab some loin chops and give them a try before spending too much on something you may potentially not like. If you like them snag a leg, roast it, and enjoy the lamby-goodness.

    Edit: to roast lamb I generally season it with salt, pepper, garlic, and rosemary. I tend to cook it like a beef roast (start high heat for 15 minutes or so and then low heat until desired temp - looking for medium rare)

    As for chops - throw them on a grill.

    edit2: helpful lamb roasting chart: http://www.superiorfarms.com/the-lam...-method-2.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by canio6 View Post
    Other cuts (shoulder for example) may be tougher and require different techniques.
    I'm a cheapskate so I usually get shoulder chops. You can't really grill or broil them but they're extremely tasty braised, e.g. 5 min sear on each side then cover on low for 1 hour. Save the bones of course!
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    I found that lamb roast and lamb ribs were fine by standard roasting methods (dry roasted) with a simple rub of salt, pepper and other spices.

    ground lamb makes great meatballs too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leida View Post
    ground lamb makes great meatballs too.
    ground lamb is great.

    This is probably my favorite ground lamb recipe: Primal Lamb Lasagna |

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    I have done leg of lamb and cut into chunks and then kebab it. Lamb burgers. Roast leg of lamb. Braised lamb shakes. LOVE lamb chops if you can find shoulder chops, delish.

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    Google a recipe for Stifado. Lamb is used in Greece but some of the recipes use beef. Basic ingredients are lamb, tomato, onions, red wine, cinnamon and nutmeg. Amazing.

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    Here's my favorite thing to do with ground lamb: Lamb/feta burgers topped with cucumber yogurt sauce and tomatoes (and more feta). http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1142532
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    Oh awesome. When they open back up Saturday I will make ground lamb priority. Failing that, loin sounds like a good place to start.

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    lammmmmmmmmmb.
    lambs liver is great, milder than pig or beef with much small vessels not big chewy tough ones.
    Boneless iamb leg steaks; beautiful treat just like a good steak.
    Roast lamb -poke slits in it with the blade of a knife and stick slivers of garlic and sprigs of rosemary into the slits in theflesh and roast 20 mins per 450g/lb, plus an extra 20 mins. Cook at 220C.
    Shoulder, nice fatty cut, 25-30 minutes per pound, plus 20 minutes, at about 170-180 C
    loin chops and cutlets not big but tender sweet and full of flavour
    Lamb mince makes wonderful kebabs, use harissa paste and chopped mint
    neck is wonderful stewed
    shank is great cooked slowly with onion garlic and tomatoes
    Lamb is grass fed and one of the least interfered with beasties. Eaten young (mutton is older sheep much stronger taste)
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