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Recipes Tagged with “Lamb”

Broiled Lamb Chops with Mint Chimichurri

Main Course Lamb Mint


  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 (1" thick) lamb shoulder chops
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 c. flat-leaf parsley including trimmed stems
  • 2 c. mint including trimmed stems
  • 1/3 c. distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small package frozen peas
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter


Add sauce ingredients and 1/2 teaspoon salt and pulse until herbs are finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Cook peas in water and butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, covered, stirring once or twice, until just tender, about 3 minutes.

Preheat broiler. Stir together cinnamon and 1 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a bowl, then rub over chops. Broil in a 4-sided sheet pan 3 to 4 inches from heat, turning once or twice, 8 to 10 minutes total for medium-rare.

Serve chops drizzled with a little chimichurri and serve peas and remaining chimichurri on the side.

Gourmet, November 2009

French Lamb Stew

Main Course Lamb Stew


  • 6 shallots (3 whole, 3 chopped)
  • 3 whole cloves, stuck into 3 shallots
  • 1 carrot, peeled
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 pounds lamb steaks, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ cup Crème Fraiche
  • ½ cup dill, chopped
  • 6 ounces white corn, cooked


Place 3 clove studded shallots, carrot, celery, peppercorns, bay leaves and stock in heavy saucepan. Simmer 10 minutes, add the lamb and cook for 2 hours. Discard vegetables and spices. Reserve lamb and stock. In saucepan on low heat, sauté 3 chopped shallots in butter. Stir in sugar and flour. Remove from heat, add reserved stock and stir. Return to heat and stir constantly while adding Crème Fraiche. Fold in lamb cubes and ½ pkg. chopped dill. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over corn. Garnish with remaining sprigs of dill.

Fresh Herbs

Reverse Sear

Main Course Lamb Steak

This isn’t a recipe, but a catalog of times and internal temperatures for the reverse sear method. Preheat the oven to 250F, and take the piece of meat to the internal temperature specified. Then sear it off in as hot a skillet as you can get with a bit of vegetable oil.

  • Ribeye, Cowboy Ribeye, Côte à l’os: 115F for medium-rare, 110F for rare, 105F for blue-rare, 1 minute per side sear
  • Lamb: 125F, 2 minutes on the fat cap

Crispy Lamb With Cumin, Scallions and Red Chilies

Main Course Chinese Lamb


  • 1 tablespoon egg white
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless leg of lamb or lamb shoulder, cut into strips about 1/2 inch by 2 inches
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds, lightly cracked in a mortar or grinder
  • 2 tablespoons whole dried red chili peppers, about 2 inches long
  • 4 scallions, white and green parts only, cut on diagonal into 1-inch lengths
  • Sesame oil, for seasoning


1. In a bowl combine egg white, wine, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Add lamb and set aside to marinate 1 hour.

2. Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat until a drop of water sizzles on contact. Swirl half the oil into wok and carefully add lamb, spreading it in a single layer. Let sear a moment, then stir-fry briskly just until lamb is no longer pink. Transfer to a plate. (If your wok is not large enough to hold all the lamb, do this in 2 batches, using extra oil.)

3. Swirl remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil into empty wok, add cumin seeds and chilies and stir-fry a few seconds until cumin seeds start to pop. Press chilies against sides of wok to char their skins.

4. Add scallions and stir-fry 1 minute. Then return lamb to wok and stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes more until lamb is cooked through. Turn off heat, sprinkle with salt and drops of sesame oil, and serve immediately.

New York Times

Chile-Cumin Lamb Meatballs

Main Course Lamb Mediterranean Untested


Chile sauce:

  • 3 pasilla chiles, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup Sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil Kosher salt


  • 1/4 small onion, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, 7 cloves chopped, 1 clove finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour or all-purpose flour
  • 4–5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 English hothouse cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain sheep’s-milk or cow’s whole-milk yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (for serving)


Chile sauce: Toast chiles, red pepper flakes, and cumin seeds in a dry small skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until fragrant and cumin seeds are golden, about 3 minutes.

Let cool. Working in batches, finely grind in spice mill, then transfer to a blender. Add vinegar, paprika, and garlic to blender and blend until smooth. With motor running, gradually stream in oil and blend until combined. Transfer to a large bowl; season with salt.

Meatballs and assembly: Pulse onion, chopped garlic, parsley, oregano, sage, fennel seeds, coriander, cumin, and 1 tablespoon salt in a food processor, scraping down sides as needed, until finely chopped. Add egg, lamb, and flour and pulse until evenly combined. Form lamb mixture into 1 1/2" balls.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Working in 2 batches and adding another 1 tablespoon oil to skillet if needed, cook meatballs, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides and cooked through, 5–8 minutes. Transfer meatballs to paper towels to drain.

Transfer all meatballs to bowl with chile sauce and toss to coat. Toss cucumber in a medium bowl with lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper.

Spoon yogurt into bowls. Evenly divide meatballs among bowls; top with dressed cucumber and mint and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.

Bon Appetit, April 2015

Lebanese-Style Peppers

Main Course Bellpepper Lamb Mediterranean Untested


  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 2 large green bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, stemmed and seeded, diced
  • 1 small orange bell pepper, stemmed and seeded, diced
  • 1/2 small eggplant, peeled and diced
  • 1/4-1 tsp. salt, to taste
  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 c. chunky tomato sauce or puree
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2-1 c. feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • 1/2 c. plain greek yogurt, optional
  • fresh lemon wedges, optional


Preheat oven to 350. Mix the first seven ingredients and set aside. Remove the tops from the green peppers, slice in half, and remove seeds and ribs. Place in an 8x8 pan, bowl up.

In a large skillet, heat oil at medium heat. Add onion, cook 5 minutes. Add the diced bell peppers, cook until onion is golden and soft. Remove and cool. Sautee the eggplant over medium-high heat until brown but still holding its shape. Add a dash of salt and the spice mix. Cook 1 minute and add to onion/pepper mix.

Brown the lamb, breaking into small pieces. At the end, add garlic, stir, and remove from heat. Cool slightly. Drain any oil or juices and stir in tomato sauce and 1/2 tbsp. spice mix. Remove from heat and cool. Add oregano to the feta, and mix.

Divide the meat/tomato mix between the peppers. Layer with the mix of peppers, onions, and eggplant. Cover with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes until the green peppers soften. Remove foil for the last 10 minutes. For the last 5 minutes, add the feta. Serve with yogurt and lemons if desired.

Penzey’s Spices

Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Fennel and Dates

Main Course Lamb Moroccan Untested


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 lb. lamb fillet, cut into thick pieces
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • cilantro to garnish


Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a tagine on medium. Fry onion, fennel, and garlic until just beginning to brown. Transfer to a plate.

Add the rest of the oil and fry the lamb until evenly browned.

Add all the spices and the salt to the meat and stir well, cooking one minute.

Return onion, fennel, and garlic to the tagine. Add dates and 1/4 c. water. Stir well.

Cover and cook very gently, stirring occasionally, for 3-3 1/2 hours. The spices will thicken the liquid, so check after 1 1/2 hours and add the rest of the water little by little.

Serve with couscous.

Le Creuset tagine booklet

Lamb Meatballs and Collard Dolmades

Appetizer Main Course Greek Greens Lamb Untested


  • 1/4 cup medium-grind bulgur
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, more as needed
  • 16 to 20 untorn collard leaves
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish


Soak bulgur in hot water to cover until tender, 15 to 30 minutes. Drain bulgur, then squeeze out as much water as possible. Combine bulgur with lamb, onion, garlic, cumin, mint, salt and pepper. Shape into 1-inch meatballs, handling mixture as little as possible.

Put olive oil in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat; when hot, add meatballs and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, turning every couple of minutes. Serve immediately or cool and proceed with recipe.

Bring a large pot of water to boil and salt it. Trim stem ends of collard leaves and discard. Put half the leaves in the boiling water and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until they are just pliable. Use a slotted spoon to remove leaves from water and transfer to a colander; run leaves under cool water; drain and gently squeeze to remove most of the excess water, leaving them just damp enough so they will stick together when rolled. Repeat with other leaves.

Cut leaves in half by running a sharp knife along each side of stem, removing stem in process; trim top and bottom, making a large, rectangular-shaped leaf. Lay one leaf down with widest part facing you. Put a meatball in middle of leaf, bring two sides of leaves together and roll like a burrito to seal it. Put each stuffed leaf, seam side down, on a serving plate. Repeat, cooking and stuffing remaining leaves. Serve with lemon wedges.

Serves 4

The New York Times

Pepper Monkey Lamb Meatballs

Main Course Lamb Mediterranean Untested


Spicy Afghan Green Sauce

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 to 1 jalapeño, depending on how spicy you want your sauce
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar


  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds [you can substitute garam masala for the spice blend]
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • Seeds from 4 cardamom pods
  • Seeds from 2 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 to 5 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons peeled, finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup cooked spinach, chopped


Make the Spicy Afghan Green Sauce: Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. This can be done 1 to 3 days in advance. It is best to make the sauce at least 1 day in advance to give the flavors time to blend.

Preheat a grill to about 375°F for direct cooking.

Make the meatballs: Place the cumin, coriander, cardamom seeds, and star anise in a small skillet over medium heat and toast until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool, then grind in a spice or coffee grinder. Add the turmeric, seasoned salt, black pepper, cinnamon, and cayenne and mix well.

Place the ground lamb in a large bowl. Add the spices along with the onion, ginger, garlic, mint, feta, and spinach and mix well, but do not overmix as this will result in a tough texture. Form the mixture into meatballs 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

Place the meatballs on the grill grate and cook for about 14 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F on a meat thermometer, rotating the meatballs frequently to ensure that they caramelize evenly.

Serves 10-12.

Ardie A. Davis and Paul Kirk, Epicurious, May 2013

Lamb and Turnip Stew with Stout

Main Course Lamb Stew


  • Oil (vegetable, peanut, canola or olive, anything will work well)
  • 2 pounds boneless lamb shoulder or leg, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large or 2 small onions, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 ribs celery, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 2 pints stout beer (recommended: Guinness)
  • 1 small bunch marjoram, tied together with string
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley


Coat a wide, large heavy-bottomed pot with oil and heat over high heat. Toss 1/2 of the lamb cubes generously with salt and half of the flour. Add immediately to the hot oil and brown well on all sides. When the lamb is really brown on all sides, remove it from the pot and reserve. If the oil begins to smoke, lower the heat and continue. Repeat this process with the remaining lamb and flour. Put all the browned lamb on a plate.

Remove the excess oil from the pot, add a little fresh oil and heat it over medium-high heat. Add the onions and celery and season with salt. Cook until the onions start to soften and are very aromatic, about 7 to 8 minutes. Add the turnips, stir to combine and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Return the lamb to the pan and add the tomato puree, stout, marjoram, and bay leaves. Stir to combine, taste for seasoning and adjust, if needed. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat it to a simmer. Cover the pot halfway with a lid and simmer the stew for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, checking and stirring occasionally. Remove the lid during the last 15 to 20 minutes of the cooking time to allow the liquid to reduce and thicken. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if needed (it probably will). When it’s done, the lamb will be tender and full-flavored but not falling apart or stringy. Discard the bay leaves and transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Anne Burrell