Slow Roasted Shoulder of Lamb

Submitted - Ben
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Serves - 6


* 1 (2 kg) lamb shoulder, bone in (ask the butcher to score lightly between the bones for you)
* 1 bunch fresh rosemary
* 1 bulb of garlic, unpeeled
* olive oil
* sea salt, crushed
* black pepper, freshly ground


1. First, preheat your oven up as hot as it will go.

2. Now, using a sharp knife, slash through the fat layer of the lamb at about 1" intervals, then do it in the opposite direction to form a diamond pattern.

3. Pour a little olive oil into the base of a high-sided roasting tin and then add half of the rosemary sprigs

4. Scatter over half of the unpeeled garlic cloves

5. Now place the lamb on top, pour over enough oil to coat the lamb and rub it in with your hands.

6. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper and rub into the lamb.

7. Scatter the rest of the rosemary and garlic cloves on top of the lamb.

8. Cover the roasting tin tightly with aluminium foil (you may need several layers to make sure it's tightly covered), then place on the centre rack of the pre-heated oven.

9. Immediately turn the heat down to 170°C (325°F) or slightly lower if your oven is fan forced

10. Cook for four hours.

11. When the lamb is cooked, remove from the oven, remove the foil, and you will find the large bone simply pulls away clean.

12. Now, use two forks to separate the meat from the smaller bones, and pile the meat onto a plate - being careful to remove any small bones.

13. Cover meat and keep warm while you prepare the sauce.

14. Remove and discard any sprigs of rosemary in the baking tin

15. Remove the roasted garlic cloves to a plate and let them cool a little.

16. Pour off all but about 1 tablespoon of oil, but try to ensure that you leave the cooking liquor in the pan - this is achieved easily with a separating jug OR you can pour the whole lot into a tall glass and allow the oil to rise to the top, pour off the excess oil, and pour the rest back into the pan.

17. Now, pop the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins, add to the roasting pan and smash up with the back of a wooden spoon.

18. Place the roasting pan on the stove over a medium heat.

19. Stir in 1 tablespoon of flour, then stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, gradually add the chicken stock.

20. Boil, stirring, for about 5 minutes (this doesn't make a thick gravy, so don't be concerned if it doesn't thicken much).

21. Now add the finely chopped mint and the red wine vinegar and the capers if using.

22. Boil briefly and then pour into a jug remember this is more of a sauce than a gravy, so it won't be thick.

23. Serve the lamb, giving each person about 3-4 tablespoons of the sauce poured over the top of the meat.