Saturday, February 19, 2011
I ended up with lamb ribs because I buy a whole lamb every year, and that means I get all the interesting parts that don't make it onto supermarket shelves.
You can find leg of lamb and lamb chops most of the time. You might find lamb shoulder or lamb steaks. But the odd parts go somewhere else. Maybe into stew or gyros meat. But when you buy a whole lamb, you get ribs and neckbones and some odd looking chops.
I considered braising and I considered cooking them in my tagine. But, no, I decided oven-roasting was the way to go. They were nice and fatty so I knew they wouldn't dry out.
But what about seasonings? I've lost my taste for lamb and mint for some reason. I love lamb chops with lemon and oregano, and I like leg of lamb with coffee and soy sauce. I've made racks of lamb with mustard and bread crumbs, and I've studded roasts with garlic. And of course, rosemary is great with lamb.
So many choices, and all of them sounded so good.
In the end, I decided to treat them simply and cook them low and slow. Not much of a recipe, but I rubbed them with a little garlic olive oil, sprinkled them with salt and pepper, and put them in the oven at 250 degrees for about 3 hours.
They were tender, but not falling off the bone- still a bit of a chew. They could have cooked longer, but they were great the way they were.