Weeknight Cooking

10 Lamb Dishes for Valentine's Day

February 13, 2015

This post is brought to you by the American Lamb Board as part of Lamb Lovers' Month.

With the best of intentions, you've probably tried to go out for a nice dinner on Valentine's Day -- and ended up with a pricey prix fixe that included a random selection of aphrodisiacs, eaten on a table with too many rose petals and scented candles. Not that we're speaking from experience or anything.

The good news is you can achieve the mood you were hoping for -- and avoid walking in your uncomfortable pair of heels -- when you cook your Valentine's Day dinner instead. While beef is the original romantic dinner, lamb is the fancy one and the one you should choose when you're really trying to impress your loved one, your lovely friends --  or yourself.

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Here are 10 lamb dishes to love:

Balsamic-Braised Lamb Shanks by Cara Nicoletti


Spiced Lamb Pie by Phyllis Grant


Baked Lamb with Cheese, Eggs and Peas (Agnello Cacio Uova e Piselli) by Emiko


Szechuan Lambypops with Cilantro Chimichurri by savorthis


Crispy Lentils with Ground Lamb by Amanda Hesser


Jamie Oliver's Roasted Shoulder of Lamb with with Smashed Vegetables and Greens by Genius Recipes


Chipotled Braised Lamb Tacos with Balsamic-Soaked Raisins by clintonhillbilly


Abbacchio al Forno (Roast Lamb with Potatoes) by Emiko


Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce by MySocialChef


Lamb Stew with Butternut Squash by Merrill Stubbs

This post is brought to you by the American Lamb Board. American lamb is raised in every state -- look out for it all year at your local grocery store, butcher shop, or farmers market. 

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1 Comment

Millie |. February 13, 2015
I LOVE the sound of crispy lentils!! And Jamie Oliver's looks delicious!