If you head to a restaurant with pals or you hot foot it to a swanky restaurant with your loved one for a special occasion, the chances are there will be some delicious entree options on the menu. More often than not, the most lucratively expensive will be the beef options.
Chateaubriand or fillet mignon steak may cost a small fortune and taste delicious, but is often chosen ahead of the more humble lamb alternative. Lamb is the most succulent of meats and has an array of different dishes that utilize it as its main ingredient. Beef cuts are great, chicken is mundane, and duck can be fatty. All hail the lovely lamb!
Let’s Talk About Lamb:
If you have never had a kofta before, where have you been living for the past twenty years. Greek and Turkish meze style food has become all the rage in recent years. Communal dining that involves sharing platters and informal dining has meant that people are wanting to cook more authentic dishes at home. Lamb koftas are perfect. Served with warmed pitta bread, a greek salad, some feta parcels, marinated red peppers and some tzatziki, and you have a spectacular meze, fit for a large lunch or lighter supper.
Koftas actually originated in the Arab world and consisted of ground lamb adorned with spices such as saffron and sumac. As Arabic travelers ventured to the Mediterranean, the kofta that we know and love today were born.
If you are keen to try out koftas yourself, source only the finest lamb from Superior Farms. The better the meat you use, the more tasty your koftas will be.
If you fancy something more spicy, think about venturing to Bangladesh on your culinary travels and cooking up a delicious lamb curry. Forget the Western tikka masalas and kormas and opt for a more authentic kosha mangsho. This Bengali dish is slow cooked in an earthenware pot. You could use a tagine style vessel to retain the flavors and juices of the lamb. Kosha mangsho is traditionally eaten in celebration of the Hindu god Kali Puja and was eaten throughout India on trains throughout the time of the British Raj. With the gentle hum of coriander spice and chili alongside the sweet tang of tamarind and the mellow flavor of coconut milk, this dish will definitely get your tastebuds dancing.
Forget about the greasy burger or the pork ribs and throw some lamb chops onto your barbecue instead. These grill in a matter of minutes and can take on any sort of marinade that you throw at them. Being small and mini t-bone like, a lamb chop is relatively healthy if you trim the fat and can be a delicious addition to your outdoor grill. Consider whipping on some chipotle marinade or give your chops some chili heat with a capsicum dry rub. The possibilities are endless and you can have an alternative to your usual barbecue fayre.
Follow some of these delicious recipe ideas and explore the wonderful world of lamb!