LAMB WITH MINT CHIMICHURRI
Sometimes you think you’ve got a great idea for a ‘new’ recipe, only to find out that… well, you were hardly the first to think of it. But hey, that’s the world of food blogging for you. In any case, lamb with mint is hardly a new idea, and there are a few other recipes out there that have taken the idea of mint-plus-herb-sauce, and you can find any number of lamb recipes featuring pesto, gremolata, chimichurri, chutney, or green harissa. It’s not surprising really; mint goes beautifully with lamb, but lamb is also one of the few meats whose flavour is powerful enough to partner with a particularly bold condiment.
Now mint sauce is great, but I really like to bring bolder flavours into play with my lamb. This mint chimicurri goes beyond the basic green/garlic/oil/vinegar combination to bring in a couple of other flavours that partner beautifully with lamb, namely cumin and lemon. The combination is earthy and aromatic, yet bright and acidic. I think it’s a perfect foil to the lamb – and there’s no reason to limit it to just this cut. Feel free to try it out with a rack, leg, or any other cut.
As for the lamb itself, loin chops are great, but feel free to try other cuts, including roasts. Regardless, make sure not to overcook it – lamb is best rare or medium rare.
The chimichurri can be processed as finely as you like. Personally, I like it with large pieces and some substance to it, but it could be chopped finely or even pureed for a somewhat more refined presentation. (Note that this chimichurri is my own recipe, but I was inspired by this lovely recipe from SimplyRecipes.)
Though fatty (see below), the nutritional information shown here is assuming that you serve this to four people. If you cut your meat intake a little and serve six, it’s very healthy all around.
As with a lot of meats, the amount of actual fat will depend a lot on the cut, quality, and preparation of the meat, so choose wisely.
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