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Grilled Lamb Steaks with Minted Honey Sherry Vinaigrette - Culinary Cross-Dressing

Imagine the disappointment of someone who arrived on this page by googling “Cross-Dressing.” Sorry, but the cross-dressing I’m referring to is using salad dressings to sauce meats. By the way, yes, that skirt does make your butt look big.

Using vinaigrette as a sauce for grilled meats is one of my favorite “cheats” of all time. They take minutes to whisk together, there’s absolutely no culinary finesse required, and the combinations of oils, vinegars, and flavorings are limitless.

This grilled lamb steaks recipe was filmed over the Memorial Day weekend, but I just got around to editing it together. As I cut up the 15 minutes of raw footage into a somewhat presentable 4 minutes video recipe clip, my mouth was watering as I remembered the smoky, juicy lamb mingling with the minty, sweet, and tangy vinaigrette.

When I post these types of recipes, it’s my hope that it serves as an inspiration to experiment with the concept, more so than that just to have you follow the steps. How about balsamic vinaigrette on some grilled skirt steak? Maybe mustard dressing on some pork chops? How could grilled chicken drizzled with Greek dressing and feta not be awesome?

So watch this video, and daydream-up some combinations (instead of concentrating on work today), and then get out to the grill this weekend to see if it works. If it doesn’t, I’ll take the blame. Enjoy!

4 lamb steaks (cut from the leg, about 1 1/2 inch thick)
2 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves chopped garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 bunch fresh tarragon, torn
1/2 bunch fresh mint, torn
salt as needed
For the vinaigrette:
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp sherry vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste