Lamb Feet
Lamb Feet [Patas de Borrego (Spanish); Piedi (Italian)]

Lamb feet are used mainly to add substance to soups and stews. They appear in recipes from regions where cows can't be economically raised and pigs are forbidden (or way too expensive to raise). The photo specimens, from New Zealand, were 6-1/2 inches long and weighed 4.9 ounces each.

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Buying:   These can be found in markets serving communities from countries that use a lot of lamb: Turkey, Armenia, Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan, and the like. Some stores do not place the feet on display but you can ask for them at the counter.

Prep:   Feet sold here in California are completely cleaned, all wool removed, parboiled and with the outer hoof removed. For best results you want to split the lamb feet lengthwise to expose the tendons and the bone marrow. To do this take set a foot on the cutting board, hoof towards you. Carefully position your razor sharp Chinese cleaver knife at the cleft and drive it through with your soft faced mallet. The bone will split nicely.

Cooking:  .As with calf feet, the main reason to cook lamb feet is to add body to soups and stews. They are interchangeable with calve's feet on a same weight basis, but are not interchangeable with pig feet which are quite different.

Split and put in the broth for the recipe. Simmer for about 1-1/2 hours. The meat can be removed from the bones, cut up and returned to the recipe. If the meat will not be used you can simmer considerably longer.

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