For World Food Day this year, we couldn’t resist sharing one of our world treasures from the cookbook.
What is your favorite international dish?
I have never been a fan of lamb. We didn’t eat it when I was growing up, even though my grandfather was a rancher who raised sheep and cattle. So, when Greg moved to Dallas for grad school and took me to a Turkish restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised (shocked, really!) by how delicious the lamb dishes were. I began experimenting, trying to capture those rich aromatic flavors, but drawing only from our recommended 20 spices. I think it turned out quite well, so I recently made it again and served it to a good friend who is also not crazy about lamb. She reluctantly agreed to try one bite and paid me a compliment: “I can’t believe it, but this is actually good!”
This easy one-dish meal is reminiscent of Turkish kofta kabobs. I’ve also made it with ground beef and bison, but lamb is best, (bison comes in second). I try to find local, grass-fed lamb, or New Zealand lamb. My philosophy is to eat meat rarely, but to buy the best quality I can find when I do.