lamb & yogurt
- SweetPea Feb 7, 2007 11:38 AM
I have just found fage total greek yogurt. Whoa! It's as if I never had yogurt before. I got some lamb chops - what can I do to combine the two and it be maybe a step up from gyros. I'm not crazy for mint other than in tea. Thanks for any suggestions.
Lamb biryani with mint raita? (My personal favorite)
Lamb chops marinated in herbed yogurt? (garlic, rosemary, thyme, lemon?)
Rosemary chops with tzatziki?
Just a few ideas.
puree pitted black olives and rosemary into a bit of the yogurt
add harissa paste and preserved lemon to the yogurt
mix cukes, dill, a little chili, and lemon juice into the yogurt as a side salad
sautee an onion and one package of fresh spinach. drain and cool. mix with yogurt and black pepper and chill.
Throughout the middle east yogurt is served as a side to many dishes. It brings a variety of contrasting flavors and textures to the plate. A little sheppard's salad (chopped tomatoes, (red) onions, and cucumber with fresh lemon and olive oil and fresh pita bread would make a not uncommon dish.
Tandoori lamb chops - mix yogurt with lemon juice, garlic, chopped fresh chilli, grated ginger, cumin, coriander and salt. Marinade for as long as you can, then put them under a very hot grill (or on a barbeque - even better) and let the yogurt coating start to catch and turn dark brown/black at the edges. Serve with more yogurt, singapore chilli sauce, pitta bread and salad.
Not for chops, but I make a mean lamb burger with zataar seasoning and the total tzatziki on top. So freaking delicious.
I use rump and bbq in the summer but no reason you couldn't chops and grill/griddle.
Marinade lamb with olive oil, salt, pepper, rigani, a little white wine vinegar and a little lemon juice/zest - don't over do the acid or it will cook. Marinade for about 24 hours if possible. Grill. Serve with tzatziki or in my case, serve in a flat bread with tzatziki and some kind of salad (and Karpathian potato salad.) Roll on summer.