When I eat meat, I usually put lamb at the top of my list. Tender, juicy and naturally full of flavor - all you need is a little olive oil and rosemary to bring out its succulence. Furthermore, lamb is nutrient rich, making it a natural fit for healthy diets. On average, it’s an excellent source of protein, vitamin B-12, niacin, zinc and selenium and a good source of iron and riboflavin. Plus, lamb has five times more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than beef!
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When Mountain States Rosen, the only national U.S. producer-owned and operated, vertically integrated lamb and veal company, asked me to create a recipe perfect for Summertime gLAMBing - I couldn't wait to get started! Wanting to incorporate my affinity for exotic Asian flavors into a meat that would bring its own character--juicy and balanced--I set out to produce a taste bud-stimulating recipe a lazy gourmand like myself could easily make.
Asian Sensation BBQ Lamb Kebabs
Makes 2-3 servings
4 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 cup oyster sauce
sliced garlic and ginger (a few slices)
sliced green onion (a few slivers)
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 cup water
¾ lbs American Cedar Springs or or Shepherd’s Pride boneless leg of lamb, cubed
2 mangos, precut in chunks
3 cups precut pineapple chunks
½ lbs button mushrooms
Kabob skewers (4-6)
1. Mix the marinade ingredients (soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, ginger, garlic, green onion, water) together in a bowl, blend and add the lamb. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, preferably several hours. Also, soak wooden skewers in warm water for at least 20 minutes to keep them from igniting (if grilling).
2. Thread the lamb, mango, pineapple and mushroom onto skewers.
3. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat (this will depend on how hot your grill is, and how done you would like your meat), turning occasionally. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
(Alternative: if you don’t have access to a grill, you can pan fry all the items then skewer items together. Pan fry the fruit and mushrooms lightly and separately from lamb)
Mountain State Rosen, the only producer of lamb I trust, uses lamb-raising practices that preserve green open spaces and promote sustainable agriculture. Many of their ranches still employ nomadic shepherds who walk for miles on end exercising sheep in the fresh air and allowing them to graze naturally on wild grasses and flowers. MSR sells lamb in the states under the brands Cedar Springs, Shepherd's Pride and some store brands (Check for participating area grocers here)
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Full disclosure: Reimbursement/stipend for recipe development provided for by MSR