Spring is synonymous with Easter and lamb. While most of us are excited to devour countless chocolate bunnies, we often don’t want anything to do with lamb simply because we don’t know if we are cooking it right. And it’s not exactly easy on the pocket. In our quest to comb the cooking world for easy lamb recipes, we uncovered three trends that eliminate the questions (and fear) about cooking this seasonal favourite. And we found a way to make it more budget-friendly as well. (Scroll down below for recipes.)
Here’s what we discovered:
When in doubt, break out the slow cooker
Whether cooking lamb shanks, stewing cubes or a whole leg, the slow cooker is your best friend. You don’t have to worry about the right temperature or timing and the low and slow cooking process leaves you with tender, succulent meat every time.
Forget meat on the bone, try ground lamb
It’s cheaper, easier to work with and is a great entry into the world of lamb for someone who hasn’t cooked (or eaten) it before. Use it as a substitute for beef in casseroles, kebabs and burgers with the same delicious results.
Flash cook, or invest in a meat thermometer
Most cooks will attest that lamb is best served medium rare. This delicate state is best achieved when cooking cuts like lamb chops quickly and at a high temperature. If you’re still hesitant, buy a thermometer and ensure the internal temperature has reached 145°F.
Now, you’re ready to experiment! Here are some recipes to inspire:
13 recipes guaranteed to help you get you over your fear of lamb
Slow Cooked Leg of LambBraised in beef broth with carrots, parsnips and onions, this succulent leg of lamb is a delicious meal-in-one that’s made for sharing. The slow cooker does all the hard work of tenderizing the meat, taking all the pressure off you.
GET THE RECIPE HERECooking in Stilletos
Lamb BurgersToo scared to make a rack or leg of lamb? Take the smart route like bloggers Rachel and Lucy and get your hands on some of the ground stuff. “They’re half burger, half succulent meatball,” writes the duo. Serve on a bun or with roasted potatoes.
GET THE RECIPE HEREDinner was Delicious
Crock Pot Lamb CurrySlow cooker to the rescue again! Cooking the onions is the only time you’ll have to stand by the stove. Then all the ingredients go into the slow cooker to work its magic for six hours. Serve with pilaf or warmed, fluffy pita bread.
GET THE RECIPE HEREThe Roasted Root
Easiest Rack of LambServing two, this recipe has your date night covered. And it only takes 20 minutes and four ingredients. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to make it again, and again. Crispy fingerling potatoes make the perfect accompaniment.
GET THE RECIPE HEREAlexandra Cooks
Grilled Lamb Pitas with Pistachio & Mint PestoBlogger Lindsay has just the right tips to ensure the burgers cook up moist and juicy before getting tucked into the pita. Mediterranean spice mix flavours the lamb patties and the pistachio-mint pesto adds a burst of freshness.
GET THE RECIPE HEREVodka & Biscuits
Shepherds PieIn our opinion, this is a great introduction to lamb if you haven’t tried it before. The gaminess of the meat is reduced as it’s cooked with other flavour-forward ingredients such as stout and Worcestershire sauce. And who doesn’t love mashed potatoes?
Dinner was Delicious
Persian Lamb StewNo fancy gadgetry required, just a whole lot of patience. This stew is simply spiced with turmeric, black pepper and red chili flakes but the two-hour cooking time is when the all the flavours meld together. Serve with basmati rice.
GET THE RECIPE HERETori Avey
Spicy Lamb & Lentil SoupTender lamb, silken lentils, fresh coriander — we can taste how comforting this soup is before even stepping into the kitchen. Warming spices of paprika, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg turn it into a real warm hug on a cold day.
GET THE RECIPE HERESimply Delicious
Lamb Sheekh KebabsTurn burger night on its head and put these scrumptious kebabs on the table instead. Chock full of dried spices and fresh herbs, this Indian delicacy will have everybody at the table before you can even say, “It’s dinner time!” Serve with cucumber salad.
GET THE RECIPE HERESugar Et Al
Easy Grilled Ginger-Soy Lamb ChopsSeven ingredients + five minutes = these beautiful, succulent lamb chops. We know the recipe sounds too good to be true, but blogger Liz assures you it’s a cinch to put together. Get the grill pre-heating while you prepare the marinade and you’re good to go.
GET THE RECIPE HEREFloating Kitchen
Rustic Lamb and Coconut CurryNo ready-made curry powder used here. Blogger Sneha teaches you how to make an authentic north Indian curry from scratch starting with a blended spice base. Make sure you seek out Bengal cardamom (or brown cardamom) for a truly authentic taste.
GET THE RECIPE HERECook Republic
Slow Cooker Lamb ShanksSay “lamb shanks” are on the menu and it sounds oh so fancy! The best part is that you don’t need all day to prep. If you have time, caramelize the meat before placing it in the slow cooker. If not, skip that step and it still tastes great. Easy peasy!
GET THE RECIPE HEREBecoming Ness
Greek Lamb Souvlaki KebabsBring your patience. Blogger Nicky advises no less than two hours of marination time for these kebabs. Her solution? Start marinating the lamb in the morning and cook it for dinner. Store-bought pita bread and tzatziki make the perfect accompaniments.
GET THE RECIPE HEREKitchen Sanctuary