It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
After “Sticker Shock” of $10 / pound lamb mince (ground) at Lucky’s Market, I managed to find $7.50 / lb at Smart & Final. Frankly, with the sudden rise to $10 happening at some stores, and chops pushing $17, I suspect I may be priced out of the market shortly.
I’ve started to look for “Australian Lobster Tail” as it might be cheaper ;-)
We’ll see if I can scrounge up more cheaper lamb next week, or not…
So this was made as a simple 1/2 pound “Salisbury Steak” for each of us. I used dehydrated onion chips from my inventory as I forgot to buy onions… These were rehydrated by soaking in 2 units of water for each unit of onion and left to stand for about 20 minutes. Then fried OK in olive oil. Piled on top of the mince steak as a topper.
A light sprinkle of garlic granules was added to the meat patty in the cook. 4 minutes a side on medium in a cast iron skillet.
For sides, we had a simple salad and fried potatoes. The spuds were cut into french fries and into an electric skillet deep oil bath at 375 F for about 8 minutes. (When they stop spitting out steam and get quiet they are done ;-) The oil used was 90% beef tallow and 10% coconut oil. It works very well and is nicely flavored.
The salad was a mix of Romaine & Butter lettuce, sliced olives and sliced mushrooms, with Ranch Dressing.
Nothing particularly spectacular. A very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Yellow Tail. This is one of the more common wines in the bigger grocery stores. One presumes because they can deliver in volume. It was what they had on the shelf in Smart & Final. $10 for 1.5 L jug.
Very drinkable but nothing to make it stand out from any other Cab. I’d never turn it down, and the bottle drained fairly quickly, but other than saying “Yeah, nice Cab”, I don’t have much impression of distinction about it. No impression of “chocolate” or “deep fruit” or all those other wine snob terms. More like an Italian table wine. Meant to be enjoyed right now and not fussed over.
It went well with the lamb, and I’d be happy to drink it with anything from a hamburger to Prime Rib, or from Lasagna to Pepperoni Pizza.