I recently posted a survey to my Facebook page about how many of my readers eat lamb, and if they don’t, then why?
The results came back, and I found that most people don’t eat lamb because 1) it is too expensive and 2) they don’t know how to cook it. For those that do raise their own, some don’t even like the flavor.
It is true, lamb has a very unique flavor, and sometimes it is an acquired taste (I know!). BUT, if you know how to cook it and you buy high quality meat, it will quickly become a treat and a break-from-the-routine for your family.
A little back-story
I grew up raising sheep and lambs to show in 4-H, yet, I had only eaten it a couple of times and I was NOT impressed. So when I started dating my husband, he vowed to make me love it – I promptly told him he had his work cut out!
Our first Valentine's Day together, he made the most AMAZING lasagna. Only after I raved about how delicious it was, did he tell me that he had used ground lamb in the recipe.
"OK, hotshot, you got me there. But can you make me like lamb without hiding it?"
The next recipe he whipped up for me was the one I am going to share with you… and after that, I had no choice but to concede. I am not even sure where he originally got it, so I really don’t know who to give full credit to. But it is a favorite in our house, and I am hoping that you will try it and love it too!
LAMB can be delicious!
What you Need
1 lb. ground lamb
1 ½ Cups grated raw potato
3 TBS chopped onion
1 egg, beaten
½ Cup light cream
1 ¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground pepper
1 stick (1/2 Cup) butter
4 TBS flour
2 Cups Milk
(not on the original recipe, but I always add ½ -1 tsp of minced garlic and a few chopped sprigs of rosemary)
What you Do With your hands, mix together lamb, potato, onions, egg, cream, salt, pepper, and (optional garlic and rosemary) Shape into about 12 thin patties Melt 4 TBS of butter into a skill and saute the patties for 15 minutes (turning once) Remove patties from skillet and keep them warm Melt the remaining butter in the skillet Blend in flour and gradually add milk, whisking steadily to boiling Cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until it thickens into gravy Pour gravy over patties
We ALWAYS eat these with mashed potatoes, because…. YUM!