Kevin_Tame Jr (@Kevin_Tame)
Welcome to tailgating season in New England. Up here, tailgating isn’t just a way to kill time an hour or two before kickoff. Fans show up just about four hours before kickoff and quickly set up their grills, canopies, coolers, and games, and that’s just the pregame festivities before kickoff. Most fans stick around for a couple of hours after the game and continue to grill up any leftover food as they wait for traffic to die down. As a matter of fact some fans don’t even set foot in Gillette Stadium. Considering the New England Patriots have been one of the top teams in the NFL since 2001, tailgating and attending Patriots games have become one of the hottest tickets and events in town.
So are you looking for a clever idea for your tailgate party? Let’s be honest, most of us that tailgate for a Patriots game typically grill the basics, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken wings, and maybe even breakfast foods. Aside from the big game, food is the main event at a tailgating party. So why not change it up and try some True Aussie Beef & Lamb? I just tried their lamb chops this past Sunday, and I can vouch that they were delicious. They were so delicious that fans around us were intrigued, and walked over to try some.
Australian lamb is a lean protein that is known for being tender and juicy. It is a healthy option since the average 3oz (85g) serving of lamb is low in cholesterol, and only 175 calories. There are so many recipes and ways to prepare lamb such as grilling, stir frying, roasting, and braising. Prime loin cuts do well grilled, but leg cuts are better slow cooked. For the best results in your cooking experience, stick with medium-rare. You can get the same results on your own grill. Adding lamb to your plate is a simple and affordable way to add some variety and flavor to your diet. True Aussie Beef and Lamb can be purchased at Stop & Shop, Costco, Wegmans, and Star Markets. Below is a list of various dishes and recipes.
- Andy Husbands (Tremont 647): Lamb T-Bones and Mint Pistou
- Will Kovell (Catalyst): Red Wine Braised Lamb Leg Bourguignon & Herb Roasted Lamb Short Loin with Eggplant Caponata and Golden Raisin Puree
- Robert Sisca (Bistro du Midi): Lamb Neck w/ Vadouvan Spices, Celery Root, Baby Brussels
- John DaSilva (Spoke):Braised Lamb Neck w/ Ricotta Dumplings, Wax Beans, Tomato Confit, Pecorino
- Matthew Gaudet (West Bridge): Lamb Shoulder w/ Root Vegetable, Za’atar, Garlic
- Sam Jackson (KO Pies):Braised Lamb Shank & Lamb Gravy
- Rachel Klein (Liquid Art House): Leg of Lamb w/ Roasted Olives & Grapes, Mint Gremolata
The secret to the greatest tailgate is actually pretty simple: surround yourself with great friends, and cook up some great food. Simply mingling before a football game opens doors to lasting memories, a bonding experience, and the potential to further expand your network of close friends. So polish the red or blue koozies, pull out the cornhole set, and grill, and enjoy some Aussie Lamb. May the best tailgate win!