The 11 Most Intimidating Foods and How to Prepare Them

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The 11 Most Intimidating Foods and How to Prepare Them

Don’t let these dishes deter you. Learn to cook like a chef, from a chef.

What's to fear? The unknown—most Americans don’t eat lamb often. As a staple in Middle Eastern cooking, it can also seem exotic. “There’s also an inaccurate perception that lamb tastes gamey,” says Allen. “But it actually looks exactly like beef and tastes somewhat similar to it.”

Get over it: Get some ground lamb and make lamb burgers topped in a yogurt sauce with a little bit of garlic, lemon, and dill. One of the most elegant dishes you can impress a date with is rack of lamb. It’s not necessarily low fat or low calorie, but you can easily keep portions under control—four ribs make a very satisfying entrée. Season the meat with a little salt, pepper, and chopped rosemary leaves and roast in a 475° oven until medium rare (around 130°). It’s so flavorful, you don’t even need to make a sauce. 

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