The arrival of Spring means some wonderful things, like new harvests of ramps, peas, and asparagus. But it also means a new batch of tender, fatty, wonderfully flavorful lamb. Here are five great spices for lamb on the grill.
'vadouvan' on Serious Eats
Slightly smoky vadouvan's a perfect partner for gamey lamb. The two get along even better after an overnight marinade in yogurt before meeting blistering heat. The result tastes far more complicated than it is, but don't hesitate to take all the credit.
Curry powder is stuff I may stir into mayonnaise or toss onto cauliflower for a casual dinner, but it doesn't satisfy me either as an all-purpose spice or a targeted seasoning for any serious cooking. That's where vadouvan comes in. It's a French-ified curry powder that's enjoyed a burst of publicity the last couple of years from chefs, eaters, and Top Chef audiences.