Lamb may be a mystery to some of us, but it’s actually tasty if you give a try. But to those who are hesitant to try it, read this article on what does lamb taste like. I’m sure you’ll be dying to eat it afterward!
Why Should You Eat Lamb?
If you’re bored of your daily routine of pork, beef, chicken, or fish, then lamb would be a perfect option to spice things up a bit. Lamb isn’t just limited to flavor and taste, because it’s one of the healthiest meat around.
Here are some health benefits you can get from lamb meat:
1.Lowering risk of cancer:
Lamb contains Vitamin B, Iron, Choline, and Selenium in the meat will help prevent the growth of cancer cells. If you already have cancer, eating lamb is one of the ways to somehow mitigate or prevent spread of cancer cells to other areas that haven’t been already affected.
Besides lowering risk of cancer, lamb meat is also effective in fighting inflammation as it contains conjugated linoleic acid.
2.Cure for anemia:
Anemia is the deficiency of iron in the blood. Lamb contains a high amount of iron, so eating lamb can potentially aid in curing anemia. I also highly recommend lamb for pregnant women.
3.Reduces the risk of stroke:
Chances of getting a stroke may be prevented by eating red meat (I know one of the major causes of cancer is meat, but hear me out) -- just consume it in small portions.
Remember, anything that is too much is bad for you and red meat is no exception. Lamb meat contains high amounts of potassium that helps regulate normal blood flow and reduces the quantity of sodium in the body.
4.Aids in bone Health:
Consuming lamb meat also helps in strengthening your bone structure, density, and overall health.
What Does Lamb Taste Like?
Now that I’ve covered the health aspect of lamb meat, let me share to you my experience of eating lamb in a fancy restaurant.
When I had my 25th birthday, I treated myself with lamb. I ordered a rack of lamb with crushed roasted potatoes. At first, I was hesitant because it’s something that I haven’t tried before, and to be honest I wasn’t that interested in it.
But, my friend told me to try it for once to experience it, so I said “what the heck! Let’s do it!”
I told the waiter to cook it medium well because this is the best way to find out the natural flavor of the lamb, even for beef. I was surprised that it was firmer than chicken, and has a more beefy flavor and gamier taste.
It’s full of flavor and juiciness because the sheep roams around a lot, so the muscles get continuous blood flow, resulting in a more complex flavor than cow meat.
I highly recommend it if you're a gym rat who consumes a high-protein diet because it is a better alternative to beef. It leaner and has less fat.
What Can Affect Lamb Meat’s Flavor?
Based on my experience with eating beef, there are two things that can also change the flavor of lamb:
How it was raised. A lamb who is grass-fed tastes different than the one who is fed with grains. Grass is rich in fiber so you get a leaner-tasting meat.
On the other hand, a lamb who was fed with grains is fattier because grains are carbohydrates (the good kind of carbs).
Cooking style. The way how lamb meat was prepared has a huge effect on the flavor. For instance, a lamb that has been grilled is going to taste tougher and chewier than a lamb that was cooked in the oven or pan.
A lamb that was slow-cooked is going to have a milder flavor, whereas a roasted lamb will have stronger flavor.
Roasted Rack Of Lamb With Crushed Roasted Potatoes
Serves: 4 person
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Marinate lamb with 1 tbsp of salt, 1 tbsp of pepper, and 1 sprig of rosemary overnight or within 5 hours.
Preheat oven at 190 degrees Celsius (375 degrees Fahrenheit)
Boil the potatoes in salted water for 10 to 15 minutes, or until soft and tender, then drain. While boiling, squeeze the seeds of the tomatoes.
Heat oil in a large pan over high heat until smoke appears, add the lamb, and sear until golden on both sides. Set aside on a plate.
On the same pan, crush the potatoes using your ladle, then fry over medium heat until crispy on the outside.
Stir in the tomatoes and olives, season with remaining salt and pepper. Season with the remaining rosemary as well.
Place the lamb on top of the potatoes, olives, and tomatoes. Place it in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes over medium temperature. You may add 5 to 10 minutes if you like the meat to be well done.
After it has finished cooking, slice the lamb into 6 individual chops then serve with crispy potatoes, roasted olives, and tomatoes on the side. Personally I like to add salsa verde on the meat.
Lamb meat is delicious and is a healthier alternative to other meat types, especially beef. Try it once -- you’ll definitely love it!
My recipe above is not limited to rosemary only, you may add mint, basil, or other herbs to your liking. Explore any kind of recipe and bring out the inner chef in you.
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