Travel around the world and you'll find a different kind of skewered, fire-roasted meat wherever you go. On the streets of Beijing, you'll spot these spicy lamb skewers coated in cumin and chili flakes. But there's no need to go to China just to have them—you can make them right in your own yard on the grill. Here's how.
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Sichuan cuisine is famous for its stir-fried lamb, combining the hot and tingly flavors of Sichuan peppercorns and dried red chilies with plenty of cumin and other spices. So we asked ourselves, why not take those very same flavors and rub them all over a glorious roast leg of lamb? The results were phenomenal.
Crown roast of lamb is one of the most impressive centerpieces for the holiday table, but its shape limits your options as far as cooking methods are concerned. This recipe offers the best way to cook your roast without accidentally messing up such an expensive piece of meat.
When it comes to meat sauces, ragù Bolognese is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. To arrive at this version, I started with Barbara Lynch's great recipe, adding a few tweaks here and there to enhance meatiness and texture (hello pancetta, gelatin, and fish sauce!), and employing a unique oven-based cooking technique that develops rich browned flavors all while maintaining the tender, silky texture that the best sauces have. This is the kind of sauce that will leave you and your loved ones weak in the knees.
In the rib hall of fame, pork and beef are obvious winners. But lamb ribs need to be inducted right away: they're rich, meaty, juicy, and packed with flavor. This easy recipe features spiced, roasted ribs with a robust whole grain mustard sauce.
Grilled Hamburger With Cheddar Cheese on Toasted English Muffin With Parsley-Shallot Butter From 'Prune'
Gabrielle Hamilton's burger from her new cookbook, Prune, is obscenely good and feels quite fancy, despite being so simple. The name really discloses the whole recipe: chubby beef and lamb patties are topped with white cheddar and sandwiched in a Thomas's English muffin, dressed only with the parsley-and-shallot compound butter. The cheese oozes down the sides of the salty, fatty burger, and the bright and potent butter, slathered on the top and bottom of the English muffin, seeps into every 'nook and cranny' of the burger and bun.
These ground lamb patties from Nigel Slater's newest cookbook, Eat, are boldly seasoned with black mustard seeds, garam masala and green onions, with a good handful of sesame seeds for nutty crunch. Pressed very thin and fried until crisp, they have the savory addictiveness of a salty snack, but enough substance to make a meal.
A gryo-spiced beef-and-lamb mixture is formed into little patties, grilled, and topped with tzatziki and pickled peperoncini for one tasty sandwich.
Ethiopian berbere spice adds a fiery kick to perfectly grilled lamb chops, and a subtle heat to a refreshing lentil salad with cucumber and mint.
Coming from a book with 'meat' in the title twice, Tom Mylan's chili in the The Meat Hook Meat Book is unsurprisingly brimming with a ton of meat. Okay, not a ton, but an impressive five pounds—two of beef, two of pork, and one of lamb—or 20 quarter-pounders, to put things in perspective.
I ate a lot of good things when I was in Istanbul last winter—eggs scrambled with tomatoes and chilies, flatbreads topped with cheese and eggs, teeny tiny dumplings served with yogurt and sumac—but kebabs, made with juicy lamb meat molded around flat metal skewers and grilled over live coals were the kind of thing that even at their worst, were still pretty freaking awesome. Here's how to make them at their best.
The reliable combo of mint and lamb joins forces in these juicy kebabs with red onion, zucchini, and a rich yogurt marinade.
Instead of being bound in traditional sausage casing, Cypriot sheftalia (lamb-and-pork sausage) is wrapped in sheets of caul fat, which renders over a live fire. As the fat drips, little towers of flame lick the meat, creating a super crusty exterior that's still moist and juicy inside.
A coating of Dijon mustard and mixed herbs gives these flavorful leg of lamb skewers a crisp, intensely flavorful crust.
Inspired by the deep, rich, and balanced flavors of Moroccan dishes, this delicious grilled rack of lamb is rubbed with a complex spice mixture that includes paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper, then crusted in a bright and fresh pesto-like blend of fresh cilantro, parsley, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. They're flavors that can both stand up to and enhance the strong flavor of lamb.
Lahmacun are Turkish flatbreads rolled up around a tomatoey lamb mixture, sprinkled with pepper flakes and topped with a spritz of lemon juice. They're a cousin of larger, milder pides, most often known as Turkish pizzas.
Corned beef may be what most Americans will eat to celebrate St. Patrick's Day today, but I'm here to make a case for a rich, homey shepherd's pie. After a weekend of revelry, there's nothing better than digging into a bowl of warm, meaty stew topped with creamy mashed potatoes.
The aroma of a good biryani is intoxicating as it cooks away slowly. Meat, spices and the fragrant Basmati rice make it a hearty, robust, all-in-one meal.
This particular dish is Anglo-Indian in origin. It envelops the tender braised meat (your choice of goat or lamb chops) in fresh breadcrumbs that turn crisp and crunchy as soon as they touch the sizzling hot pan.