By: Leanne Ely
It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh?
Today’s focus is on: LAMB
What if I were to tell you that lamb was high in omega 3 fatty acids, did you know that? Lamb is naturally grass-fed and not subject to unnaturally being fed corn in feedlots the way cattle are.
Pasture-fed lamb naturally contains small amounts of vaccenic acid, a precursor for conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA intake is associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and is known for its fat loss potential.
Here’s Today’s TRICK:
While lamb is generally very tender, to ensure high quality look for lamb whose flesh is firm, fine textured and pink in color. Any fat surrounding or marbling should be white, not yellow.
Here’s a TIP:
Remove any visible fat from the lamb before cooking it. If you don’t, not only will it smoke and burn, but it will produce a particularly strong flavor in the lamb.
And your RECIPE:
Rosemary and Mustard Crusted Lamb
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 to 6 thick cut lamb chops
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except lamb. Mix very well and then smother each piece of meat on every side and place in a large zipper topped plastic bag and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 5 hours or overnight.
At time of cooking, preheat outdoor grill to medium high and remove lamb from refrigerator. Remove from plastic bag and grill for about 4 to 8 minutes per side, depending on thickness, and your preference for your meat.