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April 3, 2023

American Lamb Belly & Arugula on Flatbread


Recipe Provided By
American Lamb Board


Marinated American lamb chops with rosemary & garlic on a plate


  • 2 bellies (12 pounds) American Lamb belly/breast, bone-in or boneless
  • 6 tablespoons garlic, roasted, mashed
  • 6 tablespoons confit spice mixture (black pepper, thyme, bay, ginger, nutmeg and allspice)
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, cracked
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 cups wood chips for smoking, soaked (hickory, pecan, apple, alder, etc.)
  • 12 flatbreads, pre-grilled
  • 9 ounces baby arugula, shredded
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, as needed
  • 1-1/2 cups parmesan, shaved



Rinse and pat dry lamb bellies.  Place in 3-inch-high full-size hotel pan; hold.  In a bowl, mix together garlic, confit spices, pepper and salt; rub evenly over surface of lamb.  Cover well; refrigerate at least 1 day before cooking. 

Place lamb in a sprayed roasting pan on a low rack and roast in 250ºF convection oven (or 300°F conventional oven) for 3 to 4 hours or until meat is very tender.  Remove from oven; cover and chill until ready to smoke. 

In a prepared smoker, place lamb inside on the rack not directly over fire or heat; cover and smoke, using soaked wood chips, for at least 1 hour or until bellies are crisp, browned and tender.  Remove from smoker; cover and cool slightly.  Remove bones gently if applicable; chill. 

Cut smoked lamb into thick julienne or bite-size chunks.  Heat to order in a 425ºF convection oven (or 475°F conventional oven) until crisp and heated through; keep warm. 

Place flatbreads on a parchment-lined full-size sheet pan.  In a bowl, toss arugula, oil and vinegar.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Divide mixture among the 12 flatbread rounds, approximately 1 cup per flatbread. 

To serve:  Top each arugula-topped flatbread with 5 ounces of crisp lamb belly pieces; sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of Parmesan.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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