Switching from brisket and matzo to ham and lamb is something I had to get used to in the early days of my relationship with the Easter-celebrating wife, but now one without the other just seems wrong. Focusing in on the lamb, Easter seems to be the only holiday where this great meat gets its due as the centerpiece of the occasion.
Although wonderful enough alone, lamb is ripe for sauces, which tend to balance the natural, sometimes heavy flavors. No sauce plays that part more often than mint.
While researching traditional mint sauces, I stumbled across a few that added capers into the mix, which intrigued me. I tried out this simple one from Martha Stewart. Easy to make, yet complex in flavor, the capers added a sharpness that gets livened up by lemon juice and zest. Both worked seamlessly with the mint, combining into a unified sauce that did wonders on my rotisserie leg of lamb.
About the author: Joshua Bousel brings you new, tasty condiment each Wednesday and a recipe for weekend grilling every Friday. He also writes about grilling and barbecue on his blog The Meatwave whenever he can be pulled away from his grill.
- 1/2 cup capers, drained
- 2 cups packed fresh mint
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup minced shallots
- 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Place caper in the work bowl of a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Add mint, lemon zest, lemon juice, and shallots, and pulse until mint is roughly chopped.
Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, pulsing until combined but still coarse. Transfer to a small bowl and use the same day.