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The Instacart guide to lamb
Although not as popular as chicken or beef, lamb doesn't need to be saved for special occasions. Lamb loin chops are perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. When cooked properly, lamb is a flavorful and juicy cut of meat. Most lamb is naturally tender, so you don't need to do anything to make it a delicious main dish.
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FAQs about lamb
The simple answer is yes. A lamb is up to one year of age, and the meat has little fat. Spring lamb is less than three months of age, and this meat is extremely tender but has a milder flavor than regular lamb. Mutton is meat from a sheep that's older than one year and typically closer to three years of age. It has more fat and a stronger flavor compared to lamb. Lamb is more popular in the United States, while mutton is more common in the Middle East and Europe.
Lamb benefits greatly from a marinade, which you can leave either overnight or for a few hours. Chops and small cuts of lamb benefit from about four to 5 hours of marinade time, while larger cuts, such as a rack of lamb, should be marinated between 8-24 hours. The lamb soaks up the marinade, allowing the acids to further break down and tenderize the meat.
If you're preparing a Mediterranean dish, opt for lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and herbs. A Middle Eastern dish relies more on spices, such as cumin, nutmeg, cloves, and pepper. Other flavors to consider include rosemary, mint, thyme, and oregano.