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20th November 2023
For as long as we can remember, lamb has been a staple meat in many dishes and cuisines around the world. If you are fond of a lamb dinner and you are looking for different ways to cook it, this article is made for you. We will discover the different ways lamb can be used for your next meal including examples of dishes along the way.
There is nothing quite like a roasted lamb. Roasting is one of the most popular cooking methods for lamb as it brings out its rich flavour and the slow-cooking process allows the meat to become tender while maintaining its natural juiciness. Roast a leg of lamb, rack of lamb or shoulder with rosemary and garlic, served with creamy mashed potatoes, honey-roasted carrots and gravy or mint sauce to create the perfect roast lamb dish.
For a warming and hearty meal, a lamb casserole is just what you need, especially during the winter. Like roasting, leg, shoulder or neck cuts of lamb are ideal. The meat needs to be diced into cubes to achieve the best results. Baking is another slow-cooking method which results in super tender and flavourful pieces of lamb. To cook a lamb casserole, diced lamb, chopped vegetables such as carrots, onion and potatoes, stock and herbs are combined in a casserole dish. The diced lamb can be pan-fried first to ensure it’s cooked thoroughly before being placed in the oven. Served with mashed potatoes or dinner bread rolls to soak up the casserole sauce.
For a quicker cooking method, grilling is recommended for thinner and smaller cuts of lamb. Lamb chops and cutlets can be covered with oil, salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary and placed on your grill at medium-high heat for around 10 minutes. Grilling is a quick cooking method so it’s important to keep an eye on the meat to avoid over-cooking. Served with your choice of side dishes such as asparagus, green salad or roasted potatoes.
The difference between grilling and pan frying is the fat content, pan-frying adds fat for flavour, whereas grilling drains away the excess fat. This means grilling is the healthier cooking method. However, lamb can be pan-fried to create many dishes. Lamb chops and cutlets can be pan-fried. If you have minced lamb, it can be mixed with herbs or a spice mix in a bowl and rolled into meatballs or burgers before pan-frying.
Now that you are familiar with the different ways lamb can be used, you should have no problem deciding on how to cook it for your next meal. Whatever dish you plan on cooking, there is one rule, and then is to choose fresh and good quality lamb. The Catering Butcher is a leading meat supplier for pubs and restaurants across Staffordshire, Manchester, Cheshire, Lichfield, Derbyshire and Wolverhampton. Shop online for our high-quality and delicious cuts of lamb including roasting joints, chops, steaks and diced lamb. We offer fast same-day or next-day delivery.
Alternatively, visit our factory shop in Longton, Stoke-On-Trent for popular cuts and lamb specials such as lamb, mint and feta roulade or lamb feta pinwheels, minced lamb seasoned with mint and crumbled feta, rolled up in puff pastry and brushed with a royal mint and rosemary mixture. Our specials are made ready-to-cook, meaning it saves you time on food preparation! To keep updated on the latest news from our friendly butchering team, follow us on Facebook.