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Old 08-30-2007, 10:48 PM   #11
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I'll vote for lamb chop sans marinade too....My saying is if ya don't like the taste of the meat marinate it or put ketchup on it...

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Old 08-30-2007, 11:28 PM   #12
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i like to grill lamb chops with tuscan seasoning or just dried herbs from a jar ;). I don't like to see too much pink and neither does my bf!

Roast lamb is really good, cut some slits in it it and slide slices of garlic and fresh rosemary in the slots, some salt and evoo also put in some potatoes to bake with it

lamb shanks are also very nice braised, say get 2 lamb shanks (brown them in the frying pan first, roughly half a litre of chicken stock - can be more, fresh or dried herbs of your choice, cloves of garlic, not so finely chopped onions and salt. Put everything together in a baking dish and bake it for around 2 hours (or until its coming off the bone) on not too high (my oven doesn't tell the truth so i can't say exactly)

i also make lamb sauce, in my saucepan, i either get lamb chops brown them in evoo, then add tomatoes from a can, some salt. then add spaghetti mmmm or you can use other bits of lamb u have

my bf's favourite are lamb meatballs
half kilo of lamb mince, maybe 3 or so garlics (depends how much u like), grated parmesan cheese, 2 eggs, handful or so of bread crumbs, bit of salt fresh parsley.
fry them they don't need to be fully cooked. make a quick garlic sauce with canned tomatoes, then add the meatballs to the sauce and let cook, then add ur pasta mmmm yum

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Old 08-31-2007, 01:47 AM   #13
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I second the advice given by GB and Katie E as regards having it in a very good restaurant first before attempting to cook it yourself. A popular entrée in many good restaurants is rack of lamb (divine when done properly), or lamb loin or rib chops. If you have Bistros in your area they might have navarin of lamb (a lamb stew) which is wonderful as well.

If you really prefer to prepare it yourself first, I would suggest, as others have, a couple of thick loin or rib chops, grilled medium rare, with minimal seasoning at first so that you can appreciate the true, full and unique flavour of lamb. You can experiment with seasonings later.

I don't know where you are nor what's available in your area, but do try to get local lamb if at all possible and avoid the frozen products, at least for your introduction to this glorious meat. If you do try it in a restaurant first, don't be afraid to ask where the lamb is from (is it fresh local, fresh imported etc.,) because there can be a marked difference in taste between local and imported lamb, so this is something to bear in mind as you're trying it out.

Can't wait to read about your first taste of lamb (and I'm sure it won't be your last)

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Old 08-31-2007, 08:38 AM   #14
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I'll vote for lamb chop sans marinade too....My saying is if ya don't like the taste of the meat marinate it or put ketchup on it...
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Old 08-31-2007, 09:29 AM   #15
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I have to agree with GB. Try lamb prepared in a good restaurant. I've always enjoyed lamb. Don't remember when that happened because my parents never had it in the house.

I've been preparing it for Buck the last couple of years. He originally said he hated it but has gotten to the point where he actually enjoys some of the ways I serve it.

His initial comment was that lamb tasted "soapy" and I can sort of understand that. It does have a very unique taste and sometimes has to be acquired.

And...it doesn't always have to be accompanied with mint jelly.
Oh! pullease! forget the mint jelly! My mother never fixed lamb as my dad thought he didn't like it. (My grandmother always overcooked everything), but wherever I was served lamb as a kid, I couldn't eat it because I couldn't get past the mint jelly! My epiphany came at dinner at a Greek friend's house when I was a teenager. Nary a mint leaf in sight, but lots of luscious garlic!

Yes, I think you would be well advised to taste lamb in a good restaurant first, to get an idea of what it should taste like.

Uncle Bob, I cook my lamb to 130. by the time it's rested, it's perfectly medium rare. 140 would be medium. Fine, if you like it that way.
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Old 08-31-2007, 09:38 AM   #16
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I have never had lamb with mint jelly. That has never sounded appetizing to me, but I am not generally a fan of sweet with meat.
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Old 08-31-2007, 09:47 AM   #17
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loin lamb chops, salt pepper, garlic and rosemary, broil, grill, or sautee. serve with peas with mint, couscous, and a salad. 15-20 min prep and cook time, very good and natural.
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I have never had lamb with mint jelly. That has never sounded appetizing to me, but I am not generally a fan of sweet with meat.
Me, neither, GB. I recently was served some amazing lamb chops that were crusted with a mint pesto, tho... fresh mint leaves, garlic, etc. What a difference between that and the sticky jelly.
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:02 AM   #19
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I prefer lamb to beef and I am not quite sure why. I would say try lamb kabobs, cause well, I am on a lamb kabob kick right now. But it is a simple dish, not very exspensive and the grilled vege's that come with it will be good even if you dont like the lamb.

I have a new in the box K/A Slow cooker that I am anxious to try out, and while I have stew beef in the ice box I am leaning towards getting a small leg o lamb and making lamb stew instead.

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Old 08-31-2007, 11:18 AM   #20
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I've had this recipe for a while, can't for the life of me remember where I got it, and it appears to be quite a bit of work, but the final result should hide any unusual "gamy" flavor.


  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 rack of lamb (about 8 chops)
To make the marinade, zest the lemon with a fine grater, then mix all the marinade ingredients together.

To make the stuffing, mix the stuffing ingredients together.

Preheat the oven to 425F.

To prepare the Lamb, cut the rack in half so that each piece contains 4 chops. Insert a long, skinny knife into the center of the first chop, and push it through until the tip emerges from the center of the last chop on the rack. Remove the knife and use the handle of a wooden spoon to stretch out a 1/2-inch diameter hole, forming a tube through the 4 chops. With your fingers, press half the stuffing into the hole in the chops, making sure it's distributed evenly. Repeat with the other half rack of lamb.

Place the stuffed racks of lamb in a zipper bag, pour the marinade into the bag, and zip it closed, squeezing out as much air as possible. Marinate for at least 1 hour, preferably 4 hours.

Place the lamb on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, and cover the ends of the bones with aluminium foil to prevent burning. Roast the chops for 25 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers from 145F for medium rare to 160F for medium. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing into individual chops. Fan chops across the serving plate, garnished with a rosemary sprig.

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