[Jacob-list] lamb dinners
dave & katrina
oberlef at desupernet.net
Tue Dec 5 08:30:20 EST 2000
Hee hee. I was hungry when I wrote it. It lived up to its smell, by the way...delicious and VERY tender. Dave and I couldn't get enough. The leftovers (and there was a lot) we cut up and froze together with the broth and veg for stew sometime later. Carl- interesting that you always throw away the liquid...maybe that is to get rid of some grease? I try to cut off the fat before I start, however these cuts were almost fatless.
Susan, to me it tasted a lot like venison. Do you and your family like that taste? My father, a Lancaster county man for years, swore he would hate lamb. However, when lamb burger (like Linda was suggesting) was used in a dish he did not realize what it was and asked for seconds.
I think butchers make a big difference. Some will take the time to cut off extra fat, know the right cuts, hanging time, etc. We went to a butcher near Lanc this time and were obviously very satisfied. Let me know privately if you want his name. It is worth a try.
Katrina Lefever, Chicory Lane.
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I usually make alot of lamb/mutton sausage. It comes out good and I doubt that anyone could identify it as lamb. I trim off as much lamb fat as possible and add pork fat. I experiment alot, but my three standbys are country sausage (lots of sage), hot italian, and chorizo.
For people who don't like lamb, why not bone and grind it? Use it for chili, spaghetti, etc. When I'm low on freezer space and have alot of meat to put up (like when someone goes out and actually shoots a deer!) I can the ground meat with either taco seasonings, as sloppy joes, or with spaghetti seasonings.
Last year we had a 7 month old ewe lamb butchered - cut and wrapped. It smelled terrible - as Susan R mentioned, I really couldn't stand to smell it cooking. I talked to a friend that used to work at the butcher's and he said it sounded like the meat had been contaminated by the wool during skinning. According to him, it is very important not to touch the meat after touching the wool. I'm not one to waste meat, but that one went to the dogs and chickens. The 8 month old ram we just did is excellent.
I cook lamb/mutton roasts and chops rare to medium rare. I pretty much always rub olive oil on the meat and usually dump some burgundy over it. We love garlic, so it goes without saying that I put garlic on it. From there, it's whatever herb strikes my fancy. I can't think of an herb that I haven't used in some way. Stews, shoulder roasts, shanks, etc. - I cook slowly with liquid and whatever flavoring I'm in the mood for.
Katrina - you made me hungry reading your post!!
On Mon, 4 Dec 2000 16:20:45 -0500, dave & katrina wrote:
> I hope Linda B. and all the other experts out there share their lamb cooking secrets. I am
>in the process of experimenting at the moment. Tonight, I am making my first leg of
>lamb...It is smelling delicious! Don't know if I am doing it right, but if it tastes like
>I thawed out the meat in the ref the day before. I have a huge rosemary outside so I put
>several springs under the meat when I put it in the baking dish. Over this I poured a can
>of whole tomatoes (heirlooms from our garden), a bit of balsamic vinegar, a little olive
>oil, some lemon pepper, and many onions. This has been baking at 300 degrees for several
>hours. I read somewhere that lamb should be roasted at 325 for 25min per lb of lamb. They
>said it is better rare to med rare. Right now the meat is falling off the bone (it shrunk
>quite a bit) and when I swiped a piece, it was yummy and tender. Since there is so much
>liquid in the pan, I am hoping that the long roasting time I am using will only make it more
>tender. ??? I guess I will find out. I know that we love lamb stew which is cooked at a
>low heat all day. (The meat is browned in a pan before adding.) One website said the best
>seasonings for lamb were: Garlic, Lemon pepper, olive oil, Mint, Lemon juice, Oregano,
>Worcester Sauce, Dijon Mustard, Rosemary, Italian Salad Dressing, Basil and Soy sauce.
> Katrina Lefever, Chicory Lane
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