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I’ve experimented a lot with my diet in the past. I’ve tried a vegan diet to see if I would feel more energetic or ligheter and I’ve tried a paleo diet in hopes of improving the health of my skin and hair. I’ve given up sweets for lent and even tried periods of gluten free and dairy free eating. I enjoy experimenting with different ways of eating but I’m also lucky that I don’t have to stick with any specific type of diet if I don’t want to. I don’t have any food allergies or sensitivities and I’m happily an omnivore…at least for the time being.
I think experimentation helps me put things into perspective- healthy fats are not the devil and I won’t die if you have dessert at the end of the day. It keeps me balanced.
Lately “balance” has looked like a big ‘ole block of cheese. I’ve been eating lots of cheese in the form of parmesan, cheddar, you name it! And now, I finally had the chance to add havarti cheese to my list! I had never tried havarti before a few weeks ago and I’m officially in love. Havarti is a soft and creamy, slightly tangy, cheese that melts well. I cooked it into some quesadillas and considered sharing a havarti macaroni and cheese dish with you but wanted to be a little more adventurous.
You might be thinking that a burger isn’t all that special, but this one is! I slow cooked lamb shoulder chops that I received in a recent CSA share to juicy and flavorful perfection. The lamb was slow cooked with balsamic vinegar, honey, and rosemary which really brought out the flavor of the meat. I topped brioche burger buns with melty havarti and caramelized onions for a fancy shmancy burger that is over the top.
If you’ve never tried havarti I highly recommend you hop to it and get creative in the kitchen!
- 2 lbs. lamb shoulder chops (bone-in, large pieces of fat cut off)
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh or dried rosemary
- generous sprinkle of salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 sweet onions
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 8 oz. package of Castello Havarti Herbs & Spices
- 6 brioche hamburger buns
- Add lamb, balsamic, honey, rosemary, salt and pepper to a slow cooker and cook on high for four hours. Once finished, add flour and simmer on low with the lid off for about 5 minutes or until the juices thicken.
- Add olive oil and onion to a pan and sauté on low for about 30 minutes, until onions are brown and caramelized. Add brown sugar and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Toast hamburger bun and add two slices of havarti cheese to top and bottom of the bun. Top with two spoonfuls of the lamb and top with a spoonful of caramelized onions.
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Erin @ The Almond Eater says
Oh my gosh–that first picture–I’m drooling!! I love lamb and don’t eat it nearly enough.
Katie @ 24 Carrot Life says
Thanks, Erin! I agree- I need to switch up my meats more often.
Laura Coyne says
Hi – this looks delicious and I wanted to try it tonight. I assume balsamic and honey is added to lamb before it’s slow cooked? doesn’t the meat get very dry?
Katie @ 24 Carrot Life says
Hi Laura! Sorry I wasn’t able to respond earlier, but yes you add the balsamic and honey to the lamb before you start slow cooking. It shouldn’t get dry because the meat will cook in it’s own juices from the fat. Good luck!