Lamb 101 - Lamb Loin at La Tour

Ingredient Highlight: Lamb 101

In Colorado, we are lucky to have access to locally-sourced, good quality meats. And we are proud to serve these great meats at La Tour Restaurant & Bar in Vail. In honor of the upcoming Taste of Vail (March 30-April 3, 2016), we’d like to highlight one of the event’s stars: lamb. Consider this page Lamb 101: a guide to lamb.

Lamb on the La Tour Menu

Currently on the dinner menu at La tour is Grilled Colorado Lamb Loin. This savory dish will have you fall in love with lamb! We use complementary flavors to bring out the richness and great color of the meat. Our lamb loin is served with lamb neck pommes anna, charred rapini vinaigrette, pickled radish, and rosemary sauce.

American Lamb Cook-off at Taste of Vail 2016

The American Lamb Cook-off is one of the event highlights during the Taste of Vail. La Tour chefs are busy working on our entry into the annual cook-off, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, 2016. Your ticket to the cook-off will allow you to sample lamb dishes prepared by the best chefs in the Vail Valley.

Lamb 101

According to the American Lamb Board, Americans eat a fraction of the amount of lamb consumed in many other countries in the world. Many Americans don’t know a lot about cooking or eating lamb. We’ve compiled a few tips for you that will make lamb more approachable, either when ordering on the menu or when cooking lamb at home. Lamb is the meat from young sheep. It is usually available in five different cuts including the shoulder, rack, shank/breast, loin, and leg.

Lamb is very versatile. It’s so much more than a traditional meat to be served with mint jelly. Here are a few cooking/pairing tips to help get you inspired:

– Ground lamb makes delicious burgers.
– Braising is a great way to cook lamb: cut pieces and add red wine, garlic, and rosemary.
– Lamb’s hearty flavor makes a great stew.
– Skewer with vegetables and grill for great shish kebobs.

Health Benefits of Lamb

Lamb can be a great part of a healthy meal. It is a meat in Mediterranean diets, which have repeatedly been shown to help lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Check out these Amazing Lamb 101 facts from the American Lamb Board:

– On average, 3-ounce serving of lamb meets the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) definition for lean meat.

– No artificial or synthetic growth hormones are used in lamb production in the U.S.

– Lamb is a great source of the following nutrients: Omega-3 fats, monounsaturated fat, antioxidants, Vitamin B12, and iron.