Are you tired of ordering the same, predictable turkey, chicken, and beef dishes for your Holiday parties every year? Well, this season, remind yourself that there’s another healthy and delicious option commonly overlook, and that’s lamb! You can easily change up a predictable menu or meal plan with some tasty lamb-based dishes for your celebration. But before you finalize your dinner or party menus, be sure to explore the possibilities of adding lamb as an appetizer or entrée option.
Continue below to review some frequently asked questions about lamb meat that can help you make a steadier decision on feeding your friends, staff, or loved ones.
FAQS About Lamb Meat
What is the Difference Between Lamb and Mutton?
A lamb is a baby sheep under one year of age. When the meat is processed early on, between 4 and 5 months, it is a tender lamb meat that is lighter in color and retains a true lamb meat flavor. When lambs are processed after that time, their meat takes on different characteristics. The meat of an adult sheep, age 2 years and older, is referred to as mutton. It is a darker meat, less tender than lamb, and retains a gamier flavor. In Southeast Asia, the term mutton is also used to describe goat’s meat.
Is Lamb a Good Substitute for Other Entrée Meats?
Not only is lamb readily available and easy to prepare, but it is also widely versatile! It can be marinated, seasoned, and cooked in an infinite number of ways, making it a convenient substitute for almost any chicken, pork, fish, or beef dish.
Is Lamb Meat Only Available Seasonally?
Many people wrongly assume that lamb meat is seasonal. Lamb meat is available all year long, in every season. You can purchase lamb meat from your neighborhood butcher, grocery store, or even a local lamb farm.
Why is Lamb More Expensive?
Lamb is priced similarly to beef and pork cuts but is still an economical dinner selection. The more inexpensive cuts of lamb tend to be shoulder chops, stew meat (kabobs), and ground lamb. These cuts usually retail below ten dollars.
How Many People Does One Lamb Leg Feed?
This depends on the type of leg roast. A standard, American bone-in lamb leg weighs an average of 8 to 10 pounds. This is a large amount and can easily feed a group of 16 or more. A standard, American boneless lamb leg weighs an average of 6 to 9 pounds. This is a large amount and can easily feed a family of 18 or more.
Is Lamb Meat High in Calories?
Lamb meat can be a part of a nutritious and sensible diet. Lamb is rich in nutrients and meets all the FDA requirements for lean meat. A 3 ounce portion contains an average of 175 calories or less and provides more than quadruple the amount of essential omega-3 fatty and alpha-linolenic acids compared to a similar portion of beef.
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