Lamb is a very tender, flavorful meat. One of the preferred ways of cooking it is on the grill, as this method is quick, easy and seals in the signature taste unique to lamb. Because lamb has such a strong flavor, pair it with the right side dishes to achieve the best result at the end.
Mint is a long-time favorite with lamb, usually in the form of a sauce poured over the top. Mint stuffing brings a fresh new taste to mint and lamb. To prepare it, melt 4 tbs. to 6 tbsp. of butter in a skillet and add 3 tbsp. of finely chopped celery and 1 1/2 tbsp. of diced onion. Saute for two to three minutes, then add 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves, salt and pepper to taste and 3 cups of very fine bread crumbs. Mix well and serve.
Greek Lima Beans
This unique and interesting side dish also brings a new twist to lamb. In a heavy saucepan combine a 10-oz. package of frozen baby lima beans in 1 cup water, half of a juiced lemon, two minced garlic cloves and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook tightly covered for 17 to 20 minutes or until the lima beans are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with lemon zest and chopped fresh parsley sprinkled on top.
Grilled New Potatoes and Tomatoes
For a simple side dish, slice tomatoes and new potatoes in half. Cook the new potatoes with the skins on in boiling water until they are just about done. Brush the potatoes and tomatoes with olive oil and add to the grill with the lamb until brown on both sides.
Grilled Eggplant Salad
Peel, slice and grill an eggplant and a red onion, then chop them into bite-size pieces. Toss them in a medium bowl along with the juice of a lemon, 1/4 cup of chopped parsley, 2 tbsp. of chopped mint, 1 tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil, 1/2 tsp. salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
How to Prepare Shoulder Lamb Chops
Lamb shoulder chops may be roasted, braised or grilled, although slower methods of cooking are best for this cut.