One of the meals most often associated with Easter is a traditional lamb roast. In fact, there’s a long history of lamb dinners for Easter. According to History.com:

“The tradition of eating lamb on Easter has its roots in early Passover observances before the birth of Christianity. According to the biblical Exodus story, the people of Egypt suffered a series of terrible plagues, including the death of all firstborn sons. Jews painted their doorposts with sacrificed lamb’s blood so that God would “pass over” their homes while carrying out the punishment. Accustomed to eating roast lamb on Passover, Jews who converted to Christianity continued the tradition at Easter. Additionally, Christians refer to Jesus as the “Lamb of God,” so it makes sense that the food shows up at the Easter table. On a less symbolic note, lamb would have been one of the first fresh meats available after a long winter with no livestock to slaughter.”

While lamb might be most associated with Easter, it’s the perfect red meat for any day of the year. These eight recipes go beyond the usual racks and roasts to give you options for everyday meals.

4B Lambwich (with Blackberry Jam, Basil,Bourbon, Bitters and Lemon): Cookmore member kimlcar’s recipe was “inspired by one of (my) favorite cocktail creations. It is savory with a hint of sweet, salty, and sour. The Angostora bitters brings the flavors together in a way that will rock your taste buds.”

Lamb Schnitzel with Mint Pea Puree: A German classic gets a new spin!

Lamb with Hoisin Cabernet SauceWhen east meets west, the results are delicious. The rich Hoisin Cabernet marinade draws out the flavor of roast lamb.

Stuffed Leg of LambCookmore member mamadilz’s recipe “was shown to me by my husbands grandfather. He spoke very little english and took me through it step by step when I first got married. This is a family tradition that we have every Easter and I think I am the only one who knows how to make it. I haven’t changed it in 34 years.”

Roasted Lamb Chops with Mint Chimichurri Sauce: Lamb chops get an Argentinian twist when they’re served with green chimichurri sauce.

Roast Leg of Lamb with Shiraz: This lamb roast is a quick an easy Sunday dinner when cooked in a Dutch oven. But it could be made even easier (for a weeknight dinner) by being prepared in a Kenmore slow cooker.

Lamb Ribs with Dijon Horseradish BBQ Sauce: This recipe from Cookmore member tampabaychef replaces pork back ribs with lamb ribs. Tampabaychef says that “they are superior to pork in that lamb fat is way tastier than pork fat, and I consider lamb to be healthier and easier to digest than pork.”

Bacon Pineapple Jam Lollipops: Bacon and lamb on a stick? Sounds like heaven.

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