Lamb is a fatty meat but talk about yum! The Kirbster most definitely agrees but since I have to watch his weight I'm kinda glad it's not cheap.
The easiest way to cook with lamb is to purchase ground lamb which is expensive. Actually lamb in any form is expensive. Kirby loves kibble with lamb in it so now and then I'll make the splurge and purchase some when it's on sale which is still high dollar for my budget.
Usually I'll pick out a shoulder chop or leg steak. A few of these can make enough for meals and treats. To show how expensive it is, for this post I purchased a shoulder chop ($5.50) and a leg steak ($9.58) which gave me 2 1/4 cups shredded, cooked meat. If you have a freezer (I am so getting one soon) and catch a good sale then you really need to stock up.
Cooked bones are dangerous for dogs because they can splinter and cause choking or an obstruction. For special treats I cut away the bones before cooking any red meat. As much as I think raw is good for dogs the bacteria worries me so this is the only time he receives raw meat. He's quite happy with this arrangement.
Braising is first browning the lamb meat and then baking it in simmering liquid. The braising process produces extremely tender, flavorful meat. Usually composed of wine and other flavorings, the braising liquid is retained after baking and reduced into a sauce called jus. Of course wine is a big no considering it's derived from grapes which are toxic for dogs.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tsp rosemary
1. Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven or large pot with lid. Add the garlic and rosemary.
2. Brown the meat on both sides.
3. Add roughly 2 cups water to cover the meat and bring to a boil.
4. Simmer covered on low-medium for 30 minutes or until the meat easily comes apart.
5. Remove the meat and save the broth.
6. At this point you are ready to begin preparing meals or treats, however, the meat can be frozen for several months. The broth can also be frozen. Simply let it cool, skim off the fat which will settle at the top but leave the little bits of meat and freeze in an airtight container.
Recipes for lamb meals and treats
Greek Lamb Patties