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Quick! I bought lamb, how to cook it?

HorizonXPHorizonXP Registered User regular
edited October 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
Hey guys,

So I went to the Healthy Butcher earlier today. (Note that link is being reported as malicious in Firefox right now. Not exactly sure why, but the company is legit, at least as a B&M store)

Anyway, so I bought a mini boneless leg of lamb roast. It was expensive, like $43/kg (Mine was 422g).

So I invited the GF over for dinner tonight at around 7:30 or 8. I need to figure out how to prepare this. It's certified organic and local, so it's good meat. And did I mention expensive? So I really want to do this right.

The butcher said to put salt and pepper on it, sear the outside, and roast it in the oven for 20 mins until medium rare. I have a thermometer that I can use to monitor the temperature.

Is her suggestion the best way? It almost seems too simple. Any suggestions for what to pair with this dish? Just a little note: I'm on a low-carb diet, so while I can handle residual carbs, things like flour in a gravy probably should be avoided. My GF does not have this same restriction.

I'm also going to be making a cheesecake for dessert. Suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    You can also add some rosemary, but her way sounds pretty nice. Garlic can also be good.

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  • RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I think roasting is the best bet. I've never actually roasted lamb, so I can't say whether the butcher's suggestion is the best way, but usually roasting meat is a pretty low maintenance operation. I usually roast a chicken every week and it's pretty simple.

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  • UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I second the call for rosemary, and I'd serve it with something green and a bit sharp - like grilled asparagus or some greens.

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  • HorizonXPHorizonXP Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Usagi wrote: »
    I second the call for rosemary, and I'd serve it with something green and a bit sharp - like grilled asparagus or some greens.

    Awesome call on the asparagus, the GF loves that stuff. All I have at my disposal is an electric stovetop, oven, toaster oven and microwave. Plenty of pots and pans tho, suggestion for asparagus?

    Fresh rosemary? Or is dried ok? I'm thinking, fresh cracked black pepper, kosher salt, and olive oil rubbed on the outside, garlic and rosemary shoved into the inside, sear it, then roast in the oven at 375F for 20 mins or so? Asparagus as a side. Anything I could do with the brown bits from the sear? Seems like a waste of fond...

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Mint jelly is always appropriate with lamb.

    Edit: If you're going to have the jelly, I'd recommend against the rosemary.

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  • TrowizillaTrowizilla Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Rosemary and mint jelly are a delicious combination.

    (You dip bites of lamb into the mint jelly, by the way. Don't cook the lamb in it.)

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Wow.. 43$ for a Kg of Lamb? My wife and I picked up just over 2 pounds of halal lamb at an Asian market for about 9 bucks. She's making curry with it tonight.
    mmmm.

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