When I was contacted by the Tri-Lamb group a couple of weeks ago to create a lamb dish I got very excited about the opportunity. I love lamb. However, I don’t have a lot of experience cooking it. I decided to have a dinner party at my friends’ house in Dayton for Valentine’s day (I know it was more than a week ago, sorry for the delay). It took me a while to decide what I wanted to prepare. I got some ideas from a couple of friends in twitter, some from my friends in Dayton and a lot from browsing the internet.
However, after some consideration I decided to make something easy using familiar ingredients. After all, lamb is new territory for me. Using the concept of the “Mexican burgers” that my parents used to serve at their restaurant I created this dish with ground lamb and some ingredients that I am very comfortable working with.
The dinner consisted of the following:
- Sweet potato soup.
- Mexican lamb burgers served with mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables.
- Avocado dinner rolls.
- Desserts from Dorothy Lane Market.
The ingredients were bought at Dorothy Lane Market, I had never been in that store before and I fell in love with it. It is a foodie’s paradise! Now that’ll be the store I get food from when I visit my friends again. The dinner was a big success considering this was an experimental dinner and my friends were my guinea pigs, hehe. They all seemed to enjoy it and I received several compliments. The dinner rolls where Darrin’s favorite item.
You can find the recipe for the rolls here and I’ll be posting the recipe for the lamb patties once the Tri-Lamb group tests, tweaks and gets it nutritionally analyzed. Just a quick note, the chipotle/mango sauce on top of the patties was a last minute addition. After dinner we were talking about them and agreed that although they had been very good, a sauce on top would’ve made them even better. So the following day I prepared the sauce for the patties I was going to photograph. My friends were right, the sauce takes them to the next level and makes them look more photogenic.
This is only the beginning of my lamb adventures and now I want to try all those ideas I got in the brainstorming sessions the week before this dinner. That’s why I’d like to know if you have a recipe, idea or favorite way to eat lamb. Just leave a comment with your links or ideas and I’ll pick one for my next lamb dish. I can’t wait to see your suggestions!