Lamb sirloin is a tender cut of meat from a young sheep. It is cut from between the loin, which is in the middle of the body of the sheep, and the hind leg of the sheep, just above the flank. A popular cut for roast lamb, lamb sirloin is sometimes cut with some bone included.
The dividing up of any animal into its various cuts is a delicate business and requires the talents of a skilled butcher to ensure the best quality meat. Lamb sirloin is no different and the amount of fat left on and whether hip or rib bone is included depends on the butcher and the client's requirements. Lamb sirloin may also be made into lamb chops.
There are numerous methods for cooking lamb sirloin including barbecuing, roasting and grilling. Many people like to cook lamb sirloin as is, just with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Others like to marinate or baste it before cooking. Popular marinades include ones containing garlic, olive oil, rosemary and thyme. Rosemary is one of the most popular herbs used when cooking lamb as it complements the flavor of the lamb well.
When cooking lamb sirloin with marinade it is often recommended that the meat is marinated overnight in the refrigerator to allow absorption of the flavors of the marinade. Before cooking, the meat should be removed from the fridge and allowed to get to room temperature. Cooking frozen meat, especially lamb, will usually result in a charred outside and raw inside.
Most people prefer lamb sirloin to be cooked medium rare. This means that the center of the meat is slightly pinkish when done. When cooked to this degree the lamb tends to stay tender. It is, of course, a matter of personal preference and some people prefer their lamb well-cooked.
Lamb roast can be served hot, with any range of accompaniments, from potatoes, quinoa or rice and vegetables. Gravy, such as one made from red wine and shallots also provide a perfect partner for lamb. Many people serve lamb with sauces such as mint sauce or, a favorite, minted yogurt. This is made by combining plain yogurt with chopped up mint and optional garlic, salt and pepper.
Cold lamb sirloin is also popular as a sandwich ingredient, served with mustard and salad. It may also be used as a pita filling with minted yogurt. Lamb sirloin is a tender, versatile meat.