Pop quiz: you’ve got lamb steaks in the fridge for dinner – how are you going to have them? If you said “with potatoes and two portions of veg”, well done, you’ve scraped a pass (although you would have got extra credit for saying three veg sides). If you had said, “probably whip up a Moroccan-style lamb, orange and mint salad with tabbouleh on the side” you would have passed with flying colours… although you’d also be suspected of cheating by sneaking a look at the recipe at the bottom of this article.
The point is, lamb is a far more versatile ingredient that many people give it credit for – and to prove it there’s trylamb.eu, a website full of exciting recipes that don’t require a Cordon Bleu-trained chef to pull off. And we’re only too happy to help spread that message because lamb definitely has a place in a healthy, balanced diet. It’s rich in protein, and has essential vitamins and minerals that are good for eyesight, skin, nails and hair, as well as contributing to normal brain function.
And we can make those claims with the utmost confidence. If you’ve ever waded through the EU Register of nutrition and health claims, as we have in the past, you’ll know the EU does not play fast and loose with what is and isn’t healthy. All you need to do to get those benefits from lamb is stick within the recommended intake of red and processed meats, which is 70g a day (that’s cooked weight).
These recipes are great go-tos for a midweek dinner, because lamb steak’s a lean cut that can be grilled or pan-fried in under ten minutes. We start this globe-trotting recipe round-up with some classic steak dishes, before making stops in countries as diverse as Mexico and Morocco, as well as borrowing a Chinese stir-fry technique.
Lamb Steaks With Pistachio And Rocket Pesto
The steak is cooked in the classic method in this recipe but it’s taken up a notch by the chunky pesto, which has enough punch to match the bold flavours of the steak. Finish off your plate with new potatoes and a grilled tomato, or a crunchy salad.
Lamb With Two Mustard Sauce
This rich, indulgent-looking sauce might look as if it requires some professional experience to pull off, but it’s as simple as they come. Just fry off some shallots, simmer them in white wine, and then add crème fraîche and the two mustards of the name. It’s a grand choice if you’re looking to impress, perhaps on a special occasion that happens to fall in the middle of the week.
Lamb Wraps With Guacamole
We’ve banked this one as a reliable standby when a bunch of hungry friends drop by to watch the game. Sort out the chilli-and-cumin rub before kick-off and leave it to marinate until half-time. Then all you have to do is sear that sucker while you prep the guac and trimmings. Slice it up, bung everything on a counter and invite the gang to dig in while you claim the prime viewing position on the sofa.
Stir-Fry Lamb With Sesame Seeds And Vegetables
This dish uses rump steak, a juicier cut than lamb steaks taken from the leg, and packs even more flavour in thanks to a marinade of sesame oil, garlic and ginger. The vegetables are cooked separately for a fresh and crunchy palate-refresher that complements the strong taste of the lamb in its rich sauce.
Moroccan-Style Lamb Salad
Everything thus far has been building up to this absolute pinnacle of taste: a mix of fresh herbs, sharp oranges, a spicy marinade of cumin, turmeric and harissa paste and, of course, that earthy lamb flavour. If you’re the type that finds pleasure in delayed gratification, know that you can start marinating the lamb up to a day before cooking, so you can spend an enjoyable 24 hours looking forward to a dinner of out-of-this-world flavours.
Visit trylamb.eu to find more healthy recipes, from quick and easy midweek meals to melt-in-the-mouth slow-cooked dishes.
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