Insane cook needs lamb help
I went nuts at the farmer's market this morning, buying asparagus, red potatoes, morels and strawberries, among other things. That meant that I had to cook.
So I picked up a 5 lb. boneless leg of lamb, marinated it for a few hours in olive oil, crushed garlic and lemon, roasted for 30 min. at 450 F, then reduced heat to 375 F until internal temp came out 120, then let it rest. It came out perfect -- gorgeous crust, slightly brown on the outside down to a nice rare in the center. Tossed the potatoes with a little butter and sea salt, sauteed the morels in butter, and steamed the asparagus, then tossed it with a bit of olive oil. It was a delicious meal.
Now for the truly insane part. I'm a single guy who lives alone with a cat that will only eat Purina Pro Plan Ocean Whitefish and Salmon entree. No people food. And I have the remainder of a 5 lb. leg of lamb.
So tomorrow I heat some up and eat it for dinner again. Maybe even Tuesday. But it will take me a minimum of four more meals to eat the rest of this thing.
Any ideas for easy (I'm a kitchen moron with a ragtag collection of implements) recipes that call for already cooked lamb as a principle ingredient? Can I freeze some of it? Should I find some homeless people and invite them to dinner? If it helps I also bought radishes and garlic chives at the market.
Help me. Please.
How about lamb pies - not shepard's pie, more like pasties? We eat lamb very often, and it will freeze well. I'll take a small chunk out, saute some onions, mushrooms, leeks, potatoes, whatever is languishing in the frig until it's nice and carmel-y. Deglaze with wine, sherry, whatever, to form a nice bit of sauce with the veggies, then add cubed lamb and season to suit yourself (and the cat). You can use prepared pie crust, or your own recipe, just fill the pastry, crimp the edges, and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. I've made big pies, cut in half for two, single pies, used puff pastry when I had some to get rid off. Pie and a pint, how do you beat that?
Lamb sandwich...with anything & a balsamic dressing, or just mustard.
Chop about a pound or less of the meat, fry some chopped garlic in olive oil or peanut oil if you have it..., add some of the mushrooms/chopped..anything else you have, throw in some chopped chives, season with hot pepper flakes, add the chopped lamb...taste for seasoning....serve with steamed rice.
Tsatsiki: Buy an 8 oz. container of Total Greek yogurt at Whole Foods along with an English cucumber and some garlic. Dump yogurt in bowl. Cut cuke in half lengthwise.Skin. Remove seeds. Mince cuke. Fill empty yogurt container with minced cuke. Throw it into the bowl with yogurt. Finally chop 1/2 of a large garlic clove and add to bowl. Sprinkle with good sea salt. Mix thoroughly. Nirvana.
You can definitely freeze the roasted meat up to 3 months. Since you're single, freeze it in 1 lb. portions. You can also look up a moussaka recipe, and just cube up a pound or so of the cooked lamb, cook some onions and mix it up, then complete the assembly of the moussaka. Very good. Can also be used in a shepherd's pie, or mixed with rice pilaf and herbs & good olive oil, like a rice salad.
Cold it's good in salads or sandwiches. I especially like to stuff pitas with lamb, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, fresh mint leaves and pitted black olives and a little feta or chevre if I have them.
For another idea, see here www.chowhound.com/topics/500596#3516896 and also check the other posts in that thread.