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"Everybody’s doing that at the farmers markets —they’re trying to get a little bit more for their product so they can sustain their family a little bit better," he said. "Plus, it helps the consumers who want to feel like they have a connection to the food that they’re eating, which I think more and more people are looking for."

Crandall is also investigating if there is a local market for buffalo.

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Where to buy

Here are a few places that sell Morgan Valley Lamb

Black Cherry Mediterranean Market » 4346 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City; open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.’ blackcherrymarket.com

Farmers Market Store » 5823 S. State Street, Murray; open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. wasatchfrontfarmersmarket.org

Liberty Heights Fresh » 1290 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City; open Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; libertyheightsfresh.com

Utah Co-Op Market » 4892 Commerce Drive, Murray; open Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; utahcoop.org

Spicy marinated leg of lamb with tomato-cucumber salad


1 cup plain Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons honey

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons paprika

11/2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1 boneless leg of lamb (about 3 pounds) butterflied and trimmed of excess fat


2 cups cherry or pear tomatoes, about 10 ounces total

2 cucumbers, about 10 ounces total

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Kosher salt

In a large bowl combine marinade ingredients. Add lamb to the bowl and evenly coat meat with marinade on all sides. Cover bowl and refrigerate for about 8 hours.

While lamb is marinating, make the salad. Cut each tomato lengthwise in half. Cut each cucumber lengthwise into quarters and then cut the quarters crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. In a medium bowl combine all of the salad ingredients, including 1/2 teaspoon salt, and mix well. Set aside at room temperature until ready to serve.

Remove the lamb from the bowl and wipe off the excess marinade, leaving a thin coating. Season the lamb evenly with 2 teaspoons salt. Allow the lamb to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.

Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over medium heat (350 to 450 degrees)

Brush the cooking grates clean. Sear the lamb over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until nicely browned on both sides, 10 to 15 minutes, turning once or twice. Slide the lamb over indirect medium heat, close the lid, and continue cooking to your desired doneness, about 20 minutes for medium rare. Remove from the grill and let rest for about 10 minutes.

Cut the lamb crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Serve warm with the salad.

Servings » 6-9

Source: Jamie Purviance for Weber-Stephens Products

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For now, he’s dreaming of lamb.

"I’m sure Easter Sunday we’ll be eating a leg of lamb, along with quite a few other people."



Orange and mint-stuffed lamb with sweet and sour cabbage

Easter lamb often is served with mint jelly. This recipe turn those flavors inside out, stuffing the leg with a vibrant mint pesto. Braise red cabbage under the lamb for an intensely meaty, flavorful accompaniment. If you still want a minty sauce, the reserved pesto can be thinned with olive oil and drizzled over each serving.

1 small head red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 cup red wine

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Zest and juice of 2 oranges

1 bunch fresh mint, leaves only

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup grated manchego cheese

1/2 cup toasted cashews

Ground black pepper

3 1/2-pound boneless leg of lamb

3 slices stale or crusty bread

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Heat the oven to 300 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine the cabbage, onion, red wine, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, red pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Spread the mixture evenly over the bottom of a roasting pan large enough to fit the leg of lamb. Set aside.

To make the pesto, in a processor, combine the orange zest and juice, the mint, olive oil, cheese, cashews, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper. Process until completely blended, then reserve 1/2 cup.

Place the leg of lamb on a cutting board. Starting on a long side, cut the meat in half horizontally, but do not cut all the way through. Leave about 1 inch of meat uncut at the other side. Open the meat like a book, then place a piece of plastic wrap over it. Use a meat mallet or rolling pin to pound the meat to an even thickness of about 2 inches.

Season the meat all over with salt and pepper. Spread the pesto over the cut side of the meat. Starting at one of the long sides, roll the lamb into a log with the pesto in the center. Use kitchen twine to tie the lamb in several spots to prevent it from unrolling. Place the lamb over the cabbage mixture in the roasting pan. Set aside.

In a food processor, pulse the bread until it is reduced to soft crumbs. Stir in the mustard, then pat the mixture over the outside of the lamb. Roast for 3 1/2 hours, or until the meat is fork-tender. Allow the lamb to rest for 15 minutes, then slice it across the roll. Serve alongside the braised cabbage from the bottom of the pan and the reserved mint pesto.

Note » The whole roast can be prepped ahead of time, then refrigerated overnight. The day of the dinner, just pop the whole roasting pan in the oven and you’re good to go. If your cabbage or lamb begins to overbrown during roasting, just tent the pan with foil.

Servings » 8

Source: Associated Press

Healthy grilled lamb steaks with artichoke lemon sauce

Lamb steaks, cut from the leg, are one of the leanest cuts of lamb—especially when you trim away any fat. It’s so lean you have to figure out how to replace the flavor and moisture that goes missing when you kiss the fat goodbye. In this recipe, that is accomplished with a rosemary-garlic rub with added salt. When you rub a piece of protein with salt and let it sit, the salt eventually makes the meat juicier.

3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves, divided

2 cloves garlic, minced

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 pound lamb steaks cut from the leg (preferably about 3/4-inch thick)

1 cup artichoke hearts, patted dry and chopped (frozen is best)

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 large egg yolk

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Set aside 1 teaspoon of the chopped rosemary. In a wide, shallow bowl combine the remaining rosemary, the garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add lamb and coat it well on all sides with the herb mixture. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour, and up to overnight.

Set an oven rack 4 inches from the broiler heating element. Heat the oven to broil.

In a small bowl, toss the artichokes with the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil and salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the artichokes in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil, turning them several times, until they are golden around the edges, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the broiler and set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium, heat the chicken broth until it is simmering. In a small bowl whisk together the egg yolk, lemon juice, reserved teaspoon of rosemary and the cornstarch. Add a little of the chicken stock to the mixture in a stream, whisking. Add the egg mixture back to the chicken stock and cook for 1 minute, or until the sauce starts to bubble. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the artichokes. Keep warm over low heat.

Heat a grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat. Wipe off most of the garlic herb mixture from the lamb and spray the meat with olive oil cooking spray. Add the lamb to the grill pan. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, turning once, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the lamb to a plate, cover loosely with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.

Slice the lamb against the grain into slices about 1/4-inch thick. Add the lamb juices from the plate to the artichoke lemon sauce. Divide the sliced lamb between 4 serving plates and spoon sauce over each plate.

Servings » 4

Source: Sara Moulton for Associated Press

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