One of Australia’s staples during Food & Wine is the Grilled Lamb Chop. It receives different preparations from year to year, and this year it is served with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies.
While the “potatoes crunchies” are supposedly home-made salt and vinegar chips, I really didn’t pick up on the flavor. They seemed like plain, crumbled chips to me.
The lamb was a bit overcooked, but the fat melted away and the meat was still tender. It’s definitely still one of Matt’s favorites of the festival. The Mint Pesto was relatively strong and there was a good amount of it on the lamb chop. I heard some guests saying that it was too much and overpowered the gaminess of the lamb.
Last year, the dish was served with Potato Goat Cheese Salad, and in 2010 it had a Roasted Potato Salad. In 2009 is was carb free, served with Red Wine Sauce and Murray River Sea Salt.
If you’re not a fan of lamb, give the Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze a try. Matt does not like shrimp, but he did try one of them last year and really liked it!
Which food item is your favorite from Australia? I’ve yet to order the Lamington – Do you think it’s worth a try?