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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sunday- Meatloaf, Monday- Roast Leg Of Lamb, And Cheescake!



We actually like meatloaf. I make one flavored heavily with herbs, spices, ground beef and ground, seasoned pork sausage. Thought I had a photo, but we all know what a good meatloaf looks like! I mention it, only because my next post will the leftover meatloaf turned into a much interpreted dish called Shepherd's Pie..
Our holiday meal consisted of a whole leg of lamb, roasted, Yukon Gold potatoes, asparagus(eat it while it's the local, fresh stuff!) soft rolls, and a traditional cheesecake.
The lamb was stripped of the fell, or membrane, and coated with a wet rub made of olive oil, garlic, rosemary, balsamic vinegar, salt, black pepper, and celery seed. A dash of water was used to make it a paste. Roasted for 2 hrs+, it was a little past medium rare, but still fairly moist. These left overs would be used in a traditional Shepherd's Pie, but I'll be making lamb stew with this!
The cheesecake was a plain, NYC style cheesecake, topped with cherries- really another keeper( no cracks!). Plenty left over, as it was a big one!
Hope your day off was a good one- next stop Independence Day!

39 comments:

Marjie said...

The only thing I add to my lamb seasonings is mint. Otherwise, I'd say you've been peering into my kitchen! I'll take that cheesecake any day - hold the topping, please. It would last about 20 minutes in my household.

doggybloggy said...

I am with the hold the topping crowd but I will take a little dollop on the side - how can you have leftover lamb I can eat half of that by myself?

buffalodick said...

Marjie- dried or fresh mint is indeed a good match-up- mint jelly should be outlawed!
DogB- My kid must have ate a pound of it, not counting the other stuff! He loves lamb...

Heff said...

Cheesecake, Please !

Chris said...

Shepherds pie is okay, but it is dang hard to beat a good meatloaf sandwich the day after, ya know?

Hit 40 said...

I do need to start thinking 4th of July. Maybe... some neighbors for fun.

Hit 40 said...

I did not see the crazy dancing chicken? Did you kill it for me??

buffalodick said...

Heff- it was a keeper!
Chris- Haven't had Sheperd's Pie in forever!
Hit40- I'm a pyro- love to blast things and have stuff go "Boom!" Hey! Marmy is cool.. she has chickens for pets!

Maddy said...

My favourite kind of cheesecake is the baked kind [which I think is NY style] I'm also very fond of meatloaf, heavily spiced but we stuck to the 'traditional' barbeque for the weekend. Yum.
Cheers

Scarlet said...

I have never cooked anything (other than turkey) for over an hour. This lamb sounds delicious...and the leftovers in Shepherd's Pie sounds even better. Do you have a good recipe for good old Shepherd's Pie?

Dana said...

Mmmmm ... cheesecake! Would you be offended if I scraped the cheeries off?

Jen said...

Did you say leg of lamb? AND cheesecake? Why wasn't I invited?!

G-Man said...

God I love lamb!

CDB said...

You MUST have all sorts of unexpected local 'guests' after posting such as this.. I'd love to sample the leftovers. But I must say, I got over lamb after eating it non-stop in South Africa for 10 days, two years ago. ugh.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh what a wonderful holiday dinner. Id love to be a guest at your house!

Just telling it like it is said...

A nice way to celebrate memorial day weekend...

Kate said...

I'm not sure I've ever really had lamb.

MarmiteToasty said...

lamb and cheesecake are me two most favourite things...... dam man, you sure know how to get a womans juices flowing LOL

x

Mona said...

BUF!!!

You made my favorite dishes!

I Love roast lamb leg! Next time You make one , try using raw papaya paste in the marinade. (I saw it is available in the Indian stores here)It will really enhance the taste !

CHEESE CAKE!!!!

Well...I have got a tub full of Baskin and Robbin cheese cake ice cream in the freezer...

but in a dilemma...if I should be eating it or not...You know what those things can do to you :(

buffalodick said...

Maddy- My cheesecakes are all baked- no gelatin for me!
Scarlet- I used the leftover meatloaf as a base, poured brown gravy over it, covered that with sauteed onions and mushrooms. Next layer was the corn, covered with mashed potatoes, and baked for about an hour until potatoes started to brown.. 325F temp.
Dana- No topping or any topping works with a basic cheesecake like this!
Jen- Enough for a couple more guests, easy!
G-man- Me too! My kid couldn't quit eating it!
CDB- I wouldn't want it every day, but a few times a year is great!
Donna- I could use some help- I'd put you to work!
Darngirl- I've been doing the Holiday dinners for my family forever!
Kate- Try it! Best to start with thick lamb loins, over charcoal- medium rare!
Marmy- 7lb. leg of lamb, and a four lb. cheesecake- plenty left...
Mona- Lamb- people seem to love it or hate it..Cheesecake- so many ways to make it!

Akelamalu said...

The leftovers from a leg of lamb can be turned into so many things - I love it!

Belle said...

I love meatloaf. Baked cheesecake is an art form.

TavoLini said...

I bet that rosemary garlic rub would be quite delicious!

You've got me wanting a slice of cheesecake right about now...

K said...

I like meatloaf too. I thought I was the only one.

And who doesn't love cheesecake?

buffalodick said...

Ake- You Brits have forgotten more than we know about lamb!
Belle- Both would be "keepers" in my cookbook!
Tavolini- The rub was powerful! Cheesecake was nice and light...
K- Meatloaf, done right, is a great meal! Cheesecake- way more pros than cons!

MarmiteToasty said...

me juices aint flowing anymore they are pouring out of me lol.... I really think I could of eaten that whole leg, lamb is the mostest best meat in the world....

x

JihadGene said...

Leg-O-lamb and cheesecake to go, please! Looks wonderful...oh yeah.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Does it get any better than a meatloaf sandwich the next day along with sneaking a slice of cheesecake to go with it?

Jeanne said...

Mmmm, meatloaf!

We don't have any just now, but the neighbor who helped with the fence did bring over a peanut butter pie, so Old Dog is in heaven.

Hit 40 said...

I will have to click on Marmite this weekend to see her chickens!!

Just telling it like it is said...

Because your the best at it!

LiLu said...

You say "actually like meatloaf" like it's surprising...

Who the HELL doesn't like meatloaf??

buffalodick said...

Marmy- I like it too!!
Gene- Thanks!
Katherine- I used it for the Shepherds Pie!
Jeanne- My wife would eat it every Sunday!
Hit40- She has three of them, I think!
Darngirl- Thanks!
Lilu- You don't see it on many menus in restaurants...

urban vegan said...

If you squint your eyes, that cheesecake shot looks like half a pink grapefruit.

Scarlet said...

Now I want shepherd's pie tonight...if only it weren't stormy out I'd buy all these ingredients and JUST DO IT!

Chef E said...

My brisket did not last long either, got to stop inviting other people to come over and help eat! Okay I am looking forward to that shepards pie! Never thought of using meatloaf leftovers, you rock Buff...

starbender said...

I luv lamb, but of course my mother always served it with that 'mint jelly' hahahaa!
Yours looks much better than hers. I have to admit, I have never made lamb myself. I'm not sure why???

Hit 40 said...

I should ship Adam to your house for the summer!!! I bet you would teach him more than a few things :-)

buffalodick said...

To all above comments, blogger just ate all my responses! Commented on every one, too! Sorry, and thanks for coming by..