According to our friends at Foodimentary, the online national food holiday calendar, May 7th is the day we honor leg of lamb.
The American Lamb Board states there are more than 80,000 family farmers and ranchers caring for over 6 million sheep throughout the United States. Fresh, local lamb is available year-round as it’s produced in every state. Those top producers are Texas, California, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota.
Leg is the leanest lamb cut, with a whole boneless leg of American Lamb typically weighing 7-8 pounds. Bone-roll-and-tied or boneless leg is one of the most versatile cuts, and is perfect for whole roasting, cubing for use in kabobs or salads, and butterflying and grilling.
Bone-In Versus Butterfly
When you butterfly the cut, it helps it to cook faster and more evenly. It might sound intimidating, but it’s not complicated, and the American Lamb Board offers a variety of helpful tips, cooking methods and delicious recipes. You’ll also have a leftover bone that can be used to create a delicious stock or soup.
Because of its impressive presentation, the bone-in-leg is perfect for any holiday celebration or special occasion. The bone adds both flavor and richness to the meat. And now for some of our favorite lamb recipes!
Ready in under an hour, this Butterflied Leg of Lamb is generously seasoned with a homemade rosemary sea salt and served with a charred lemon for squeezing. Recipe here.
Nothing says love like a gorgeous and delicious meal, especially one made with Leg of Lamb and crisp and creamy roasted red potatoes. Gather your family around the table and enjoy. Recipe here.
And If Australian Lamb is Your Thing
Typically Australian lamb is a little smaller than American varieties and are mostly grass-fed, as opposed to grain, which brings out more of a lamb-like flavor. It boils down to a matter of flavor preference. Grilled Aussie Leg of Lamb recipe here.
It may not be leg of lamb, but we couldn’t resist this delicious soup recipe.
A heart and belly-warming soup made with American Lamb boneless leg or shoulder, delicious cheese tortellini’s, and protein-packed veggies. Recipe here.
Get a leg up and try some lamb this spring!