Welsh Lamb that’s fit for a banquet
Ever struggled to find that something special when wanting to impress your friends when hosting a dinner party?
Or how about those more discerning guests who are visiting for the weekend and have always believed your culinary skills leave a lot to be desired?
Fear no more because we’ve teamed up with multi award-winning chef Gareth Ward, to give you a Welsh Lamb masterclass with two dishes ideal for when you’re hosting and need to go that extra mile to impress your guests.
Described by the Michelin guide as being “truly passionate about meat, handling it with knowledge and care”, Gareth is regularly cited as one of the most exciting chefs cooking in the UK today. His Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms is the most highly-awarded in the whole of Wales, boasting a Michelin star, five AA rosettes and being named in the top 5 of the Good Food Guide (as well as being named their chef of the year for 2019). Gareth takes pride in the fact that for him there are “no rules, no guidelines” as he continues to build on the startling success in turning a remote – yet beautiful – location in mid Wales into a leading food destination in its own right, and all in a relatively short space of time.
Welsh Lamb to share…
While lockdown restrictions lift across the country, it’s an ideal opportunity to host a proper banquet for family and friends. Welsh Lamb is a great choice to feed a crowd – there are so many cuts to choose from. It’s also a very versatile meat that can be used in many cuisines, and that’s exactly why top chefs like Gareth use it.
There’s something special about sharing good food with your favourite people – especially if you haven’t seen them in a while. So, it’s only fitting that you pull out all the stops to treat them (and to show your newfound culinary skills!).
Gareth is renowned for creating incredible dishes for his diners at Ynyshir, and in honour of Lamb Day, he’s shared with us two of his Welsh Lamb favourites. Perfect for 6-8 people to serve on that much anticipated special occasion.
Saddle of Welsh Lamb
This elegant dish blends the traditional flavours of lamb and mint but with a cheeky hint of pickled onion! But this is not any old pickled onion, this is Gareth Ward-style pickled onion.
Full recipe: Gareth Ward’s Welsh Lamb and mint rack
Welsh Lamb shawarma
Wow your friends and family with the perfect sharing dish. Succulent slices of Welsh Lamb served with delicious garnishes and flatbreads.
Full recipe: Gareth Ward’s Welsh Lamb shawarma
Why choose Welsh Lamb?
For Gareth, he’s a strong advocate of Welsh Lamb because for him, it’s part of the nation’s DNA to produce it.
It’s the passion of the farmers, the land their livestock are reared on and the grass that they eat – all these combine to create a unique product. I get a particular enjoyment from cooking it because I see the passion and dedication of the farmers – week in, week out. Producing it is central to their life and all this comes through in the flavour. Being fully traceable to the farm where it was reared is also so important and pretty special. As well, being so versatile allows you to experiment with different flavours and cooking methods.
Gareth’s top tips for cooking with Welsh Lamb
You’ve bought a lovely cut of Welsh Lamb, but how to you give it the respect it deserves? How do you get the best flavour out of it? Gareth gives us his exclusive Welsh Lamb lowdown:
Get to know your supplier
Always cook with the fat on
(even if you remove it later)
Keep the temp low and slow when cooking
Tenderise the meat before cooking
Always cook on the bone