Grilled Lamb or Goat Leg Steak With Marinated Chickpeas & Watercress
Lamb or goat leg steaks are a great cut to add to your repertoire. They’re flavorful and tender, just like a leg of lamb, but you don’t have to buy or cook an entire whole leg. To sweeten the deal, our grass-fed lamb and goat legs at Shepherd Song are healthier, and milder tasting than commercial lamb you might see in the supermarket. Besides, who doesn’t like throwing a nice, big piece of meat on the grill?
This goat leg steak is just seasoned with salt and pepper, allowing the full meat flavor to be center stage, but it would work just as well with lamb too. If you have extra time season it in advance and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, or what’s called a dry brine, to help get moisture out and ensure you have a nice, golden-brown sear.
The recipe includes a chilled salad of marinated chickpeas, with carrots and a bit of cumin. The carrots and cumin love each other! The garden salad of watercress if available or other small greens such as lambs quarter, purslane, wild mustard greens, chickweed and edible flowers add to the presentation, feel free to add any fresh greens you like or skip them altogether. Serve the chickpea salad at room temperature or chilled right out of the refrigerator, give a little toss and it is ready for formal or informal dinners.
Yield is enough to serve 4 as an entrée.
This recipe is by chef Alan Bergo. A chef from Minnesota, Alan is a 15 year veteran of the culinary industry, former executive chef of Lucia’s, and the Salt Cellar. Founder of the website Forager Chef, he’s best known as one of the most respected authorites on wild food in the United States. Learn more about Alan and his hunt for mushrooms, wild and obscure foods at Forager Chef.
½ cup dried chickpeas, or 1.25 cups canned, cooked chickpeas
4 cups water
½ teaspoon baking soda (if using dried chickpeas)
¼ teaspoon salt, + ½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup scallions, sliced
¼ cup virgin sunflower oil, preferably Smudes, or extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
½ cup peeled, shredded carrots
2 small handful of watercress, picked into 1-2 inch pieces, larger stem pieces removed
A small handful of cilantro, coarsely chopped.
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon garlic, finely minced (optional)
- Season the goat leg steaks with salt and pepper.
- If you have time, allow the leg steaks to rest overnight in the fridge, uncovered, to help them brown more evenly.
- combine the dried chickpeas if using, water and baking soda and cook, uncovered at a simmer for 30 minutes. Season the chickpea water with ¼ teaspoon of salt, then cook for another 30 minutes or until tender.
- Drain the chickpeas , while they’re still hot, combine with the salt, scallions, carrots, cumin, garlic and sunflower oil. Don’t cook the mixture, just warm to infuse. When the mixture is warm, set aside to cool.
- Before serving the chickpeas, toss in the cilantro, mix in thoroughly to distribute the dressing, adjust the seasoning if needed and serve warm or at room temperature.
Goat or Lamb Leg Steaks
- Heat a grill, preferably using wood charcoal and or wood chips. When the grill is hot, cook the leg steaks until they’re about 140 F, or medium.
- Allow the steaks to rest for 5 minutes before plating while you dress the watercress lightly with lemon and olive oil.
- Place each leg steak on a pre-warmed dinner plate, top with a spoonful of the chickpeas and some watercress salad.
- Serve immediately.
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