Lamb Flavored Turkey Chops? Need a recipe!
October 24, 2007 6:55 AM   Subscribe

Lamb Flavored Turkey Chops. Recipe, anyone?

I am drooling for a recipe for "lamb flavored turkey".


google-fu failing me...

and i'm hungry. :)
posted by Izzmeister to Food & Drink (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Well, I must say this is an interesting craving and presents a unique challenge.

I cook alot and, to put it bluntly, nothing tastes like lamb except lamb. Now, that's not to say that you can't substitute turkey or, say, seitan (wheat gluten) in recipes that call for lamb, such as in this recipe for Mock Lamb Curry, which is adapted from Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian Cookbook.

I would, however, say that you could make a pretty fine lamb and turkey meatball or patty, using a combination of maybe three parts ground dark meat turkey to one part ground lamb, a couple of cloves of crushed garlic, some worchesteshire sauce, salt, pepper, chopped fresh parsley or mint, and perhaps some Vidalia onion, grated or diced. (Grating your onion will add extra moisture to your meatballs or patties.) A ping-pong ball sized meatball would be nice, baked for about 15 minutes at 375. Actually, the sauce in the linked recipe would be pretty great with such a meatball. Or, make patties, saute them, and serve them on soft rolls with feta cheese, cucumber slices sprinkled with red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, tomato and raw or carmelized red onions.

(Personally, I'd go to a great butcher and get some grass fed lamb loin or rib chops. There's really, to my knowledge and taste, no substitute for the real thing, with all due respect to your personal dietary choices.)
posted by TryTheTilapia at 7:36 AM on October 24, 2007 [1 favorite]

Google isn't turning up anything and I can understand why—I mean, there are few things in life better than a perfectly-cooked lamb chop. Turkey chops are cut from the breast and are really just cutlets, without any fat and therefore not capable of being anywhere near the same kind of tasty as a middling lamb chop. Is there any particular reason you want one particular cut of meat to taste like another cut from a different animal?
posted by lia at 7:38 AM on October 24, 2007

Are you by any chance stoned?
posted by mkultra at 7:48 AM on October 24, 2007 [1 favorite]

How about getting some lamb fat (lamb is really high in fat) and frying the turkey in it? It's probably not going to taste much like lamb, but you're kinda trying to make salt taste like sugar.
posted by Rabulah at 8:18 AM on October 24, 2007

Response by poster: no. i'm not stoned. :)

a store in Jerusalem, Israel i visited sells them.. they are turkey but taste like lamb....

be it turkey, chicken, or vegetarian. but i need that lamb-y taste!!
posted by Izzmeister at 8:38 AM on October 24, 2007

Response by poster: that's just what the store sells.... personally, I don't care which cut turkey or chicken.. i just want the lamb taste!
posted by Izzmeister at 8:39 AM on October 24, 2007

What about roasting a turkey with lots of rosemary and serving it with mint jelly? Would that be enough to fool the tastebuds into thinking it's lamb?
posted by emelenjr at 8:51 AM on October 24, 2007

Huh. I had no idea there was such a thing. Fascinating and thanks for the info. Good luck with your search.
posted by TryTheTilapia at 4:29 PM on October 24, 2007

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