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What's the best way to introduce Lamb to someone who's never had it?


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What's the best way to introduce Lamb to someone who's never had it?

mcsheridan | Aug 9, 2014 10:33 AM

I'll be visiting friends in Illinois in mid-September, and neither one of them have ever eaten lamb in their lives. I'd asked the husband if he liked lamb; and he responded "I don't know, I've never had it." It purely boggled my mind. When I visit them and stay a week, I usually cook one or two meals (also at least one weekend breakfast.)

I'd like to be able to introduce them to lamb; however, I haven't a clue what would be the best way to introduce lamb virgins to this rich-tasting, delectable meat. (I've also posted on the Great Plains board, looking for suggestions as to where I can get the best lamb. It's a fair bet neither one of them knows where to buy it.)

Ways I've been known to prepare lamb: broiled shoulder chops with honey mustard, Shepherd's Pie, grilled butterflied leg of lamb (marinated in garlic, olive oil and Rosemary), lamb burgers, both straightforward as cheeseburgers (Jarlsberg), and Middle Eastern style with tzatziki in pita, Mongolian Lamb stir-fry, braised lamb shanks, Irish Lamb Stew, plain pan-fried lamb steaks.

Any and all ideas, suggestions, recipes, hints, and strategies, are both welcome and appreciated. If you've ever done a "lamb intervention" I really want to hear from you!

One ingredient I cannot use, as the husband is allergic to them: mushrooms.

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