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.
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.