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Best Lamb (Long & Boring to those not Lamb Lovers)

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Best Lamb (Long & Boring to those not Lamb Lovers)

MAG | Apr 14, 2003 04:58 PM

To answer my own inquiry last week, I had a lamb tasting on Saturday night with my two favorite lamb lovers. So to not completely gorge ourselves, I selected only four racks of lamb from different locations: Paulina, Fox & Obel, Costco and Whole Foods. I used the same preparation for each: roasted then coated in a pecan crust with a red wine sauce and shoe string sweet potatoes. One of the lamb lovers was generous enough to contribute a magnum of 1970 Palmer to the meal. The Whole Foods rack at approximately $13.99 a lb. was pleasantly lamby in taste, tender in texture, but slightly smaller than the other three. The Costco rack, which I was hoping to prefer being that it was under $10.00 per lb., couldn't stand up to the others. Because the exterior fat was not as uniform, its apperance was not as desirable. The taste and texture were merely adequate. Unfortunately, sometimes you do get what you pay for. On the other extreme at approximately $23 a lb. the Fox & Obel was meaty and nicely browned. The texture was excellent. However, the meat could have been venison. For some reason, it did not have that distinctive lamby taste, which may be preferable for those not lamb lovers - not for my gathering. As it suggested by those who responded to my post, Paulina was the clear winner. (I can't wait to suck up to my butcher.) The outside was beautiful, consistently browned as a result of the thick layer of fact that larded the exceptionally tender meat inside. At $18.99 a lb. it wasn't cheap (but then neither was the Palmer, which I was lucky enough to share), but it was the clear winner.

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