Leg of Lamb with Sweet Chili Glaze

Leg of Lamb

Asian Style Leg of Lamb

This Leg of Lamb recipe is phenomenal and I’m not just saying that.  It’s got all of the flare and Sweet flavor that any Lamb recipe should have.  It’s succulent, tender and it’s got a nice caramelized glaze that just can’t be denied.  Some could argue that it’s Asian influence makes this a Hawaiian recipe but I didn’t consult any Asian or Hawaiian recipes before I put this together.  Though, I do have plenty of experience with the majority of these ingredients, the variety, I think will shock you.

Leg of Lamb

4 to 6 lbs Leg of Lamb

The secret to a great leg of lamb lies in the combination of a balanced flavor with a tender, slow and low roast.  How is this achieved?  Well, I’ve learned that beef is generally more pleasant to eat because of the saturated fats.  Lamb, however, has unsaturated fats that oxidize, giving it a stronger gamy taste that can tend to be a bit overwhelming.  Mustard and Vinegar can be applied to neutralize the process and minimize the unpleasant taste.  In this recipe, I’ve chosen to use Wasabi and it really does the trick.  And, you don’t have to be afraid of using it either.  Wasabi has a mixture of cabbages, horseradish and mustard that really evens out the flavor and there’s no unbearable heat either.  In fact there is no spiciness left in the meat, whatsoever.  And after the Sweet Chili Glaze caramelizes, you’ve got yourself one helluva Leg of Lamb!

Be sure to check out my Garlic Crusted Rack of Lamb, my Grilled Lamb chops with Pesto or my pan seared and baked Rack of Lamb with Aju.

Leg of Lamb with Sweet Chili Glaze Ingredients:

1 Leg of Lamb, 4-6 lbs.

4 Garlic Cloves
1.5 oz Wasabi Paste
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp Honey
1/2 tsp Anchovy Paste

Glaze
2 tbsp Garlic Bean Sauce
2 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
4 tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce

Garnish
2 tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
2 tbsp Fresh Mint, chopped
1/4 cup Pineapple, diced
1/4 cup Mango, diced

Follow the instructions in the Leg of lamb with Sweet Chili Glaze video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make this recipe.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Pesto

Grilled Lamb Chops

Easy Grilled Lamb Chops with Pesto

I say these Grilled lamb Chops are easy to make because Lamb Chop recipes are simple and incredibly delicious, to boot.  I’m telling you, if you’re a steak fan, a rack of lamb, prepared properly, will blow your mind.  I, for one, now understand why there are so many historical stories about sacrificial lambs.  Okay, I might not get the whole religion part but I get that giving up and slaughtering your own lamb truly is a sacrifice, if you’re not gettin’ any!  I mean, COME ON!  Lamb Chops are sooo tasty.

Grilled Lamb Chops

The Secret to Grilled Lamb Chops

When you’re preparing Grilled Lamb Chops, all you need to do is clean them up a bit.  That means, trim the fat and remove the Silver Skin from the meat.  This will keep them lean and less chewy to eat.  If you want to get super fancy, you can French the bones as well but unless you’re serving the president, or someone that thinks they’re royalty, it really isn’t necessary.  Plus, sucking the fat off the bones is one of the best things about eating Lamb Chops, so don’t deprive yourself of that.  Go a head and let heart disease settle on in and enjoy yourself, for crying out loud.

Now, after you’ve cleaned the rack, you can Salt and Pepper and grill as is or cut it into Lamb Chop portions before you grill.  Either way it will turn out the same, so it’s entirely up to you.  You’re going to need a good Pesto and you can either buy it premade or you can try my recipe.  I’ve listed the ingredients down below with a separate video tutorial but if you want to see the original post for that, CLICK HERE.

These Grilled Lamb Chops are great with the Pesto alone but if you’d like to have something to dip them in, you might want to look into my Tzatziki Sauce Recipe.  It has a nice Greek Yogurt base that you’re going to love.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Pesto Ingredients:

1 Rack of Lamb
2 tbsp of Pesto
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste

Pesto Recipe
3 cups Basil Leaves, freshly packed
1/2 cup Almonds
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
3 Garlic Cloves
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper, ground
1/2 cup Olive oil
1 tsp Lemon Juice, (optional)

Be sure to watch both the Pesto and Grilled Lamb Chops video tutorials and I’ll show you just how easy these recipes are to make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pork Gyro – Greek Tacos with Pita Bread

Pork Gyro

The Best Pork Gyro

I have found that the best Pork Gyro is made by Greek’s in sub sandwich style shops with fresh toppings and thinly sliced marinated meat cooking in a rotisserie.  Now all you need is some fresh baked Pita Bread, some Tzatziki Sauce and you’re good to go.  And that’s exactly what I aim to provide you hear in this recipe.  A great Greek marinade that will enhance the natural flavor of the pork or lamb, if you prefer, and the best way I know how to make this professional sandwich in the comfort of your own home that will taste like you’re in the heart of the motherland itself, guaranteed.

Pork Gyro

Pork Gyro Marinade

The Greek flavor in a great Pork Gyro is going to derive from the marinade and this marinade can be used with lamb as well.  But any roast is only as good as the seasoning it’s paired with.  So you’ve got to break the ingredients down and realize what gives it its originality and its authentic flavor.  I have found that the secret lies in the white wine vinegar and the juice that comes from the grating of a sweet red onion.  This secret is known to not only the Greeks but to the Persians as well.  Then spicing it up with some freshly chopped garlic, a few herbs and some salt and pepper, takes it the rest of the way.

Pork Gyro

Pork Gyro Meat Cooked in a Rotisserie

This Pork Gyro recipe does not have to be cooked in a Rotisserie, but I find that it really mimics the style you will find in any great Gyros Restaurant because the meat can be sliced off around the outside and served as it continues cooking towards the middle.  So it makes it fun for small parties and barbecues even though you aren’t technically grilling, I don’t think anyone will complain because these are amazing.  Plus you’re going to want to learn how to make the Greeks secret sauce called, Tzatziki Sauce.  This recipe is not only good with Gyros but a variety of other cooked meats, seafood or used as a dip for vegetables and baked goods like Pita Chips, Bagels and Large Pretzels or Pretzels Bites.

Pork Gyro Ingredients:

2 lbs Pork Roast, shoulder or butt thinly sliced
Pita Bread

Pork Gyro Marinade
1 Red Onion, grated
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/3 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup White Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp Rosemary
1 tbsp Oregano
1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp honey (optional)
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste

Toppings
Red Onion, chopped
Tomatoes, sliced
Baby Spinach
Click Here for Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Be sure to follow the instructions in the Pork Gyro video recipe tutorial.