25 Mouth Watering Lamb Recipes for your Passover or Easter Dinner

During this multicultural holiday week where we celebrate both Passover and Easter, I have been giving a lot of thought to food, as I always do.

According to the Encyclopedia of Religion, Mircea Eliade editor in chief [MacMillan:New York] 1987, volume 5 (p. 558):

“Among Easter foods the most significant is the Easter lamb, which is in many places the main dish of the Easter Sunday meal. Corresponding to the Passover lamb and to Christ, the Lamb of God, this dish has become a central symbol of Easter. Also popular among European and Americans on Easter is ham, because the pig was considered a symbol of luck in pre-Christian Europe.”

But for me, this week my thoughts have been directed more specifically towards lamb.

I love lamb. I could share dozens of stories of the numerous meals I have eaten over the years that included lamb.

Los Lenos, Montevideo, Uruguay
Los Lenos, Montevideo, Uruguay

This is one of my favorites from a restaurant called Los Lenos in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Rack of lamb, bone-in leg of lamb, boneless leg of lamb, rib chops, loin chops, shoulder chops, lamb shanks, lamb tenderloin, lamb kebobs, lamb shoulder roast, ground lamb for burgers and meat balls.

Ways to prepare lamb – roasted, grilled, osso bucco, stewed, marinated, dry rubbed, fried, and braised,

Lamb can be found in many different international cuisines including: South American, Indian, Greek, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Persian, Arabic, Central Asian and parts of China, and Korea food. I have even heard of Japanese lamb sate.

So in honor of this multicultural week, I present to you, in no particular order, recipes for my 25 favorite lamb dishes.  The masterminds behind these dishes are: Giada de Laurentis, Alton Brown, Rachey Ray, Ellie Krieger, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Marcela Valladolid, Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Danny Boone, Jamie Oliver, Aarti Sequeira, Sunny Anderson, Nigella Lawson, and Tyler Florence.

They range from easy to expert. One takes as little time as 17 minutes from start to finish, while another takes almost 14 hours. You can cook for 1 for you can cook for 10. No matter how many you are planning to serve, you can find the right recipe for you.

Grilled Lamb Chops by Giada de Laurentis 

Grilled Lamb Chops by Giada de Laurentis
Grilled Lamb Chops by Giada de Laurentis

Crown Roast Leg of Lamb by Alton Brown

Crown Roast of Lamb by Alton Brown
Crown Roast of Lamb by Alton Brown

Slow Roasted Parchment Wrapped Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Herbs by Rachel Ray

Slow Roasted Parchment Wrapped Leg of Lamb with Garlic & Herbs by Rachel Ray
Slow Roasted Parchment Wrapped Leg of Lamb with Garlic & Herbs by Rachel Ray

Marinated Lamb Chops by Ellie Krieger

Marinated Lamb Chops by Ellie Krieger
Marinated Lamb Chops by Ellie Krieger

Roasted Leg of Lamb by Bobby Flay

Roasted Leg of Lamb by Bobby Flay
Roasted Leg of Lamb by Bobby Flay

Greek Lamb Meatball Sliders with Tzatziki by Guy Fieri

Greek Lamb Meatball Sliders with Tzatziki by Guy Fieri
Greek Lamb Meatball Sliders with Tzatziki by Guy Fieri

Fresh Herb and Guajillo Roasted Lamb by Marcela Valladolid

Fresh Herb & Guajillo Roasted Lamb by Marcela Vallodolid
Fresh Herb & Guajillo Roasted Lamb by Marcela Vallodolid

Crispy Rack of Lamb with Honey and Mascarpone by Giada de Laurentis

Crispy Rack of Lamb with Honey & Mascarpone by Giada de Laurentis
Crispy Rack of Lamb with Honey & Mascarpone by Giada de Laurentis

Four-hour Rolled Shoulder of Lamb with Potato & Celeriac Smash & Steamed Veggies by  Jamie Oliver

Four-hour Rolled Shoulder of Lamb with Potato & Celeriac Smash & Steamed Veggies by Jamie Oliver
Four-hour Rolled Shoulder of Lamb with Potato & Celeriac Smash & Steamed Veggies by Jamie Oliver

Spicy Leg of Lamb by Alexandra Guarnaschelli

Spicy Leg of Lamb by Alexandra Guarnaschelli
Spicy Leg of Lamb by Alexandra Guarnaschelli

Moroccan Rub Lamb Chops by Rachel Ray

Moroccan Rub Lamb Chops by Rachel Ray
Moroccan Rub Lamb Chops by Rachel Ray

Braised Lamb Stew by Danny Boone

Braised Lamb Stew by Danny Boone
Braised Lamb Stew by Danny Boone

Proscuitto Lamb Burgers by Giada de Laurentis

Proscuitto Lamb Burgers by Giada de Laurentis
Proscuitto Lamb Burgers by Giada de Laurentis

Sizzling Lamb Chops by Jamie Oliver 

Sizzling Lamb Chops by Jamie Oliver
Sizzling Lamb Chops by Jamie Oliver

Spicy Sticky Lamb Chops by Aarti Sequeira

Spicy Sticky Lamb Chops by Aarti Sequeira
Spicy Sticky Lamb Chops by Aarti Sequeira

Grilled Lamb Chops with Mustard Barbeque Sauce by Bobby Flay

Grilled Lamb Chops with Mustard Barbeque Sauce by Bobby Flay
Grilled Lamb Chops with Mustard Barbeque Sauce by Bobby Flay

Broiled Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction by Rachel Ray

Broiled Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction by Rachel Ray
Broiled Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction by Rachel Ray

Curry Lamb Shanks with Potatoes by Sunny Anderson

Curry Lamb Shanks with Potatoes by Sunny Anderson
Curry Lamb Shanks with Potatoes by Sunny Anderson

Roast Lamb for One by Nigella Lawson

Roast Lamb for One by Nigella Lawson
Roast Lamb for One by Nigella Lawson

Lamb Kebabs with Pomegranate Glaze by Aarti Sequeira

Lamb Kabobs with Pomegranate Glaze by Aasrti Sequeira
Lamb Kabobs with Pomegranate Glaze by Aarti Sequeira

Apricot Glazed Lamb Chops with Pistachio and Sumac by Bobby Flay

Apricot Glazed Lamb Chops with Pistachio and Sumac by Bobby Flay
Apricot Glazed Lamb Chops with Pistachio and Sumac by Bobby Flay

Proscuitto and Cheese Stuffed Lamb Tenderloin by Giada de Laurentis

Proscuitto & Cheese Stuffed Lamb Tenderloin by Giada de Laurentis
Proscuitto & Cheese Stuffed Lamb Tenderloin by Giada de Laurentis

Aromatic Lamb Meatballs by Nigella Lawson

Aromatic Lamb Meatballs by Nigella Lawson
Aromatic Lamb Meatballs by Nigella Lawson

Grilled Lamb with Salsa Verde by Giada de Laurentis

Grilled Lamb with Salsa Verde by Giada de Laurentis
Grilled Lamb with Salsa Verde by Giada de Laurentis

Roast Leg of Lamb with Dark Beer, Honey and Thyme

Roast Leg of Lamb with Dark Beer Honey & Thyme
Roast Leg of Lamb with Dark Beer, Honey & Thyme by Tyler Florence

Some of these recipes include some ingredients you might not be able to find locally. While we don’t carry all them, you will find many of them, including Guajillo Chiles, Moroccan Spice Rub, various salts and peppers, Sherry vinegar and miscellaneous condiments such as gourmet mustard, ketchup, mayo and piri piri sauce in our store.

Experiment, be creative and most of all, ENJOY!!

Happy Holidays to one and all, and as always, Bon Apetit!

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