Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Holiday Entrees

How about something different this year as our holiday entrée?  Most people enjoy turkey, ham or prime rib as their holiday entrée for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  I've nothing against them.  In fact, I love each one and have trouble picking just one.  I've usually gone with turkey for Thanksgiving, Prime Rib for Christmas and Ham for Easter.

But why not try something else this year?  If you look at Jewish holidays, the top two contenders are "Beef Brisket" and "Lamb" done someway that meets with a family tradition.

So this week I have two great recipes.  There is one for each of the two meats I mentioned in the previous paragraph.  Wednesday's recipe is for "Holiday Brisket & Onions" which represents a hearty entrée.  You need to remember, no matter what brisket recipe you use, that brisket is a tough piece a meat and needs longer cooking times.  But the results are an incredibly tender dish well worth the time.

Just a bit more on brisket.  You want to pay attention to what you are buying when you pick out a piece of brisket.  Don't be afraid to ask your butcher for help.  Always go for quality and pay the price.  In the end you will be much happier.

"Mustard Crusted Lamb" is Thursday's recipe.  This recipe is using individual racks of lamb.  But lamb comes in many different cuts.  I would say that leg of lamb, lamb chops and the rack of lamb are the 3 main ones used for special meals.  There are many recipes for each of those cuts available to you via internet or cookbooks.  So do a little looking.  Again, you want to buy quality lamb.

Many years ago, we got a deal on some lamb.  It turned out not to be such a deal.  It was terrible and turned me off of lamb for quite a few years.  If in doubt, talk to your butcher.  They will be only too happy to assist you in your purchase.

I'm guessing that a good number of you are saying but we always have turkey or whatever.  That's fine.  So maybe you try one of these recipes for a special event but not your major holiday ones.  If you have never eaten brisket or lamb, you have no idea what you're missing out on.

So be a little adventurous and do let me know how it turned out.  "Happy Cooking" until next week and please share my blog with family and friends.  Thanks.

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