Category: Lamb

A to Z Guide for Grilling Season 2016

Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran griller, our blog is chock full of useful grilling info and tips. From basics about tools and grill setup to recipes, videos, and more, we pride ourselves on not only providing the finest and freshest meats, but also on educating our customers on the best ways to prepare them.

So as springtime blossoms here in New York, we uncover and dust off our grills and get ready for some tasty meals in the months to come.

We hope you’ll come on this grilling journey with us. We’ve rounded up an A to Z guide to grilling so that you can learn some techniques, brush up on your skills, or find something new to try. Let’s go!

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Cut of the Month: Rack of Lamb

The Lobel family of Lobel’s Prime Meats in Manhattan and Lobel’s of New York online butcher shop are fourth- and fifth-generation butchers. With our Cut of the Month series, we will bring you their wealth of knowledge and expertise on specific cuts of meat, including their unique characteristics, preparation methods, and how to select the best cut.

Mild and delicate, Lobel’s Frenched Rack of Lamb is exquisite. It is a sophisticated roast that makes a beautiful presentation and is easy to carve.

At 24 ounces, it’s the perfect cut for two to share. And since Valentine’s Day is almost here, we’ve selected Rack of Lamb as this month’s Cut of the Month.

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Top 8 Cuts for Cooking Indoors or Out

It’s that time of year again–the transition between summer and fall. Some days there is perfect grilling weather, while other days are chilly, rainy, or windy. It makes it a little harder to plan meals when you’re not sure if you’ll be able to grill or if you’ll want to stay indoors.

There’s a solution to this conundrum and we call it “transitional cooking.” If you select cuts and recipes that can be cooked indoors or out, your menu will be ever-flexible and you’ll never get thrown off track by the weather.

To that end, we’ve put together a list of the best 8 cuts for transitional cooking. These versatile selections can be easily adapted to an indoor or outdoor menu. Take a look–is your favorite cut on the list?

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Culinary Classic: Meat Pies

It’s said that the word pie comes from magpie, a type of bird known for collecting and hording small items. In that way, a pie can be thought of as a collection of ingredients, secreted away inside a crust.

A pie is technically a dish with a baked filling topped with a crust. The top crust is usually pastry but can be another topping, such as biscuit or mashed potato (as in a shepherd’s pie).

Traditionally a pie, whether savory or sweet, has just a top crust. However, it can have a bottom crust, as in most American-style pies. And on the other hand, in Britain a sweet filling baked in just a shallow bottom crust is called a tart.

But our interest lies in those all-in-one meals, those warm-you-to-your-toes dishes, those comfort-food favorites: savory meat pies.

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Grilled Pork Hand Pie. Photo courtesy of the National Pork Board. For more information visit porkbeinspired.com.

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3 Delicious Recipes to Celebrate Spring Holidays

Spring is almost here! We see the tell-tale signs—the weather is getting warmer, the foliage is getting greener, and it’s almost time for Easter and Passover. The most memorable way to celebrate these spring holidays is with family, friends, and great food. We’ve compiled 3 great recipes for oh-so-perfect springtime dishes for your holiday feasts.

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Ask the Butcher: What’s Your Favorite Spring Ingredient?

Spring is finally here! The weather is getting warmer and many plants are waking up from their long winter naps.  We love to incorporate the light, refreshing flavors of springtime into our cooking. We asked the Lobels to share with us their favorite spring ingredient!

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Cut of the Month: Leg of Lamb

The Lobel family of Lobel’s Prime Meats in Manhattan and Lobel’s of New York online butcher shop are fourth- and fifth-generation butchers. With our Cut of the Month series, we will bring you their wealth of knowledge and expertise on specific cuts of meat, including their unique characteristics, preparation methods, and how to select the best cut.

Lamb is often on our minds come March. The spring holidays are just around the corner, and lamb is a popular selection for both Passover dinners and Easter celebrations. Likewise, the old English proverb about March weather also brings lamb to mind: March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. For these reasons, we’ve selected Leg of Lamb for this month’s Cut of the Month.

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Culinary Classic: Shepherd’s Pie

Tracing its 18th century origins to the British Isles, Shepherd’s Pie is a humble dish, born of frugality.

Early on it was called Cottage Pie, consisting of stewed ground meat (usually left over roast), potatoes, carrots, and peas combined in a rich gravy, topped with a thick layer of mashed potatoes, then put in a hot oven to warm the contents and brown the potato topping. (more…)

Spotlight on Grilling Lamb

More and more, backyard cooks are turning to lamb when decided what to grill. It’s delicious when cooked over an open fire and, being a sweet-tasting meat, lends itself to any number of marinades, rubs, sauces, and seasoning. Butterflied leg of lamb, marinated in a heady garlic-infused brew and then grilled, has become something of an American classic.

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Meat on a Stick – It’s That Simple

Does the prospect of preparing a grilled party menu for more than 10 people make your palms sweat? Kabobs can feed armies. In fact, Middle Eastern armies are credited with the invention of kabobs having used their swords as skewers for meats that were roasted over open-flame fires.

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