I used to only eat lamb in restaurants, thinking it was something too complicated and fancy to make at home. But when you really think about it, cooking lamb chops isn't really that different from cooking pork chops, and ground lamb can be used in pretty much the exact same ways as ground beef. Lamb isn't anything to be afraid of and can be an easy way to change things up when you're bored of more popular proteins.
Here are 10 tasty recipes, grouped together by different cuts of lamb, to include in your regular dinner rotation.
There are two kinds of lamb chops: little ones you can cut off a rack of lamb, or thicker lamb loin chops. Both can be roasted or seared like you would a pork tenderloin or steak, and they contain tender meat that's delicious when paired with an easy pan sauce or topping.
Leg of Lamb
You might think of a leg of lamb as something you only eat at Easter or for special occasions, but it's really quite simple to roast. Whether you get a bone-in or boneless leg of lamb, all you need to do is rub it with herbs and olive oil before roasting it in the oven. The meat is tender, juicy, and great for leftover sandwiches — and seriously, cooking a leg of lamb isn't really much different than roasting a whole chicken.
Lamb Stew Meat
Lamb stew meat is an inexpensive cut of lamb that's perfect for braising into a tender stew or ragù for pasta. Treat lamb stew meat just like you would beef stew meat. It's not hard to cook, but the only thing you'll have to keep in mind is that, like most cheaper cuts, it needs a longer cook time.
I love ground lamb for its distinctive flavor and juiciness, as it usually contains a nice amount of fat. Turn ground lamb into tender meatballs, sausages, burgers, or use it like ground beef in a tasty pasta sauce.