Over the past decade, lamb has become much more popular on dinner tables around the country. Though quite common in other areas of the world, Americans have been slow to embrace lamb. If you are interested in learning more about it, however, there are a number of delicious recipes to discover that the whole family will enjoy.
Since you might be new to the concept of lamb, you will find that lamb that is organic or 100% grass-fed will be the tastiest and healthiest option. However, all lamb is lean and healthful. One of the main health benefits that you will find from lamb is a high amount of Omega-3, a type of fat that is common in fish. Omega-3 boasts a number of properties that help your cardiovascular system, your brain and lungs.
One serving of lamb also contains 105 percent of the recommended vitamin B12 in a typical 2000-calorie diet, 51 percent of the recommended daily protein and 50 percent of the recommended vitamin B3. Lamb also contains high amounts of zinc and phosphorus.
These are only some of the benefits of lamb, and as you can see, these are benefits that are important in every diet. Before you can take advantage of these benefits, however, you have to find the right lamb recipe. Here's one that is delicious as well as nutritious:
Mustard Crusted Lamb Recipe
Ingredients for Lamb:
3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
3/4 cup shallots, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of thyme
3/4 cup of vermouth, dry
3/4 cup mustard, Dijon
1 egg, large
1 tablespoon tarragon, chopped
1 – 5 pound leg of lamb, boneless and butterflied
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Ingredients for Bread Crumbs:
2 cups of bread crumbs
3 tablespoons browned butter
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Melt your butter in a skillet over medium heat and add the thyme and shallots. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the vermouth and reduce the mixture by half. Pour into a heat-resistant bowl and whisk in the egg, mustard, tarragon, salt and pepper.
Place the lamb in a baking dish, fat side down. Season with salt and pepper. Put one-fourth of the mustard mixture on the lamb. Roll it up and tie at 2-inch intervals with kitchen string.
Place the olive oil in the roasting pan. Add the lamb and sear it until browned, about 8 minutes. When it is nicely seared, transfer to a serving plate, cut off the strings and rub the rest of the mustard mixture over the surface. Pat the bread crumb coating over the entire lamb then place it back into the roasting pan. Cook for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow it to sit for 15 minutes before carving.
This lamb recipe is sure to please anyone who may be reluctant to try out this exotic meat.