Love Lamb Week: Our Favourite Herby Preparations

Love Lamb Week: Our Favourite Herby Preparations

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One of the questions we get asked most by meat lovers is, “Which herbs go well with lamb?” The answer is: there is no set answer! However, we find that rosemary and mint are firm favourites, but basil, thyme, tarragon, coriander, parsley and oregano can all work exceedingly well too, depending on the dish.

So to celebrate Love Lamb Week on 1st-7th September, we thought we’d put together this post detailing the best herbs to compliment your lamb and showcase some of our favourite luscious lamb recipes packed with fresh herbs and ingredients.

Herb crusted rack of lamb with minty yoghurt sauce

A little more elegant than a lamb roast but slightly more upmarket than simple lamb chops, a rack of lamb is an excellent choice if you have dinner guests.

This recipe from The Cookie Rookie packs in fresh thyme, parsley and basil leaves alongside breadcrumbs, Dijon mustard and kosher salt, all of which make for a deliciously herby crust – and adds mint, garlic and pepper into the yoghurt for a rich, tangy dip!

lamb with herbs and mint sauce

Image credit: The Cookie Rookie

Prefer your lamb on the bone with a Greek twist instead? Give this Greek lamb chop with oregano recipe a look instead.

Herby lamb kebabs with rosemary and mint

The second of our favourite herb picks for Love Lamb Week is the tried and tested combination of fresh mint and rosemary.

Both are prominent features of this simple yet ridiculously tasty lamb kebab recipe from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Add some ripe cherry tomatoes and onions, and you’ve got the makings of a truly pukka barbecue.

(And if you want more tips for BBQing with fresh herbs, check out our blog on that very subject here!)

lamb kebabs with herbs

Image credit: Jamie Oliver

Lamb and tarragon pie

Gousto is great when you want a diverse selection of home-cooked meals, made in minutes with fresh ingredients. Of course, Gousto gives you all of the ingredients you need in one box – but you can also gather them separately yourself and follow their recipes like any other.

We came across this tantalising pie recipe on the Gousto website that, amongst other things, packs in fresh tarragon, potatoes, onions, leeks and minced lamb. We’ve made it ourselves – and you should too!

lamb and tarragon pie

Image credit: Gousto

The aniseedy flavour of the tarragon really stands out, which for us makes it one of the best herbs to compliment your lamb when it’s prepared as thoughtfully as it is here. That’s why it’s one of our favourite herby preparations for Love Lamb Week.

Tried this and want another hearty lamb pie recipe with a slightly different feel? Check out this recipe for a herby lamb cobbler containing parsley and other fresh herbs over at BBC Good Food.

Lamb keema with ginger, green chillies and coriander

We love a lamb keema. It’s essentially a low-key, quick-to-cook minced lamb curry that’s packed with spices, herbs, and fresh earthy flavours – often offset by a creamy cooling yoghurt. It’s fab with rice, bread, or even on a pizza!

When it comes to which herbs go well with lamb keema, coriander is a clear winner – especially when packed in alongside fresh root ginger and green chillies.

That’s the case with this taste bud-teaser from Taming Twins, and we think you should certainly give it a go!

lamb keema dish

Image credit: Taming Twins

Roasted leg of lamb with rosemary and thyme

We’ll finish with a classic – because no post about which herbs go well with lamb could leave out a good ol’ lamb roast joint, could it?!

The method for this particular roast lamb recipe over at Damn Delicious admits that lamb can seem a daunting dish to make, but makes it simple in just six steps. One of those involves making a rub from garlic, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper. The next one involves adding that rub to the lamb – before the penultimate step of putting it in the oven, and the final one of serving it all up.

It’s not scary at all – but it sure is delicious!

Roasted leg of lamb with herbs

Image credit: Damn Delicious

The parsley-and-chive-loaded mini hasselback potatoes are another nice touch for a surprisingly straightforward dish that will take people’s breath away when it comes out on a platter during Sunday dinner. What better way to celebrate Love Lamb Week than this?

Have we tickled your taste buds for more herby recipes?

Head on over to The Chopping Board to see more of our favourite food and drinks ideas with fresh herbs.

Or for more info on Love Lamb Week, visit the campaign page over at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board website.

Want to learn more about how we source our fresh herbs and the ethics that drive our business? Visit our How We Work page.


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