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Main Entree Recipes: 5 Lamb Recipes and 5 Grilling Tips

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Have you gone on a winter getaway? Tired of playing in the snow? Anyone pining away for summer yet? Come on, admit it, we're all ready for summer. I say, "Why wait?" Why not do some of the things you typically enjoy during the summer now?

Even if it's screamin' cold outside and there are five feet of snow on the back porch, you can still pretend. The fun is in the pretending, and if you do it often enough, your brain might not fall so far into the winter doldrums.

One of the best ways to pretend is to grill — to cook up some meat and/or veggies and serve 'em up with a fresh leafy or potato salad. One of the tastiest meats to grill is lamb.

At a MomItForward Twitter Girls' Night Out (#gno) back in June sponsored by American Lamb, the recipes for grilled lamb were flying. Party tweeters shared so many that not all of them could be included in a single post.

The following are some of the recipes shared, as well as the top five barbecue tricks and sides. I warn you: they're all so mouth-watering and amazing that if you read the rest of this post, you will want to grill lamb.

5 Delicious Lamb Recipes

  1. Grilled Australian Lamb Burger with Brie Cheese, Cranberry Compote, and Roasted Jalapeno Aioli, from Chef Anthony Jacquet, as shared by @RobynsWorld.
  2. Classic BBQ Spareribs, or what @HowToSimplify calls "the Tilley Signature Dish." She said, "It's my new fav dish."
  3. Loin Chops with Smoked Paprika Butter, from American Lamb as shared by @GrillGirl. She says these chops are a perfect party food. She also recommends this recipe for Butterflied Lamb with Garlic, Lemon, Spinach, and Feta Cheese. She shares many other grill recipes at GirlsattheGrill.com.
  4. Lamb Kabobs. @CookinCanuck says, "We like to marinate cubed lamb in oregano, garlic, oil, grill as kabobs and serve with pitas."
  5. Armenian-Style Shish Kebab from @BreadAndPutter. She also recommends this marinade for lamb chops: "so easy and delicious!"

5 Grilling Tricks and Side Dishes

  1. Use a meat thermometer. For medium rare lamb, grill 4-5 minutes on each side or until 140º F. "A meat thermometer is key!" says @FanofLamb.
  2. Cook veggies in a grill basket, as recommended by @MarlaMeredithhere, or in tin foil, sprinkled with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil, as recommended by @HowToSimplify.
  3. Test the propane tank. To test how full your propane tank is, @TroyPattee recommends pouring boiling water on the tank. He says frost will form at the level of the propane. Since we could not find any data to corroborate the veracity of that technique, try with caution, or consider another purportedly-successful technique like this one.
  4. Use kosher salt whenever you make a lamb rub. @GrillGirl says that it sticks to food better because it is shaped irregularly. Also, iodized salt tends to taste metallic and the round grains bounce off the food. She recommends this easy rub: dehydrated garlic, coarse black pepper, smoked paprika, kosher salt. Equal parts spices and double the salt.
  5. Make Smashed Potatoes with Caramelized Garlic or Fire-Roasted Corn to go with your lamb, recipes courtesy of @GrillGirl again.

So, break out the gloves, the snow boots, and the grilling tongs and go to it!

What is your favorite type of meat to grill?

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