New Zealand saw a small change to it’s lamb selection this year at Food & Wine. Instead of the Lamb Slider with Tomato Chutney that has been featured in recent years, it has emerged as a Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney.
The meatball is still served with a carb, so instead of the slider bun, it is featured in a bread bowl like the one that was used for South Africa’s Bunny Chow last year. The bread is soft and a bit chewy, and absorbs the juices from the sauce.
I was nervous that the sauce might be covering up a tiny meatball, but moving some of the sauce aside, that was not the case.
The meatball did in fact take up a fair amount of the bread bowl.
The lamb was very tender, and while the chutney is described as “spicy,” it seemed more of a nod to the seasonings as opposed to heat, of which was fairly mild. I think the dish overall was better than the previously offered slider.
Let us know what your favorite choice from New Zealand is, or which item you’re looking forward to trying! Also, be sure to check out our review of the Seared Sea Scallop with Kumara-Red Curry Puree and Apple Radish Salad from last year, which is offered once again this year!