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Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Rosemary

Roast Lamb

When should I make it?

This is a perfect dinner party dish! You have about 10 minutes preparation work then you just leave the lamb to slowly cook for hours! 

All you have to do when your guests arrive is take it out of the oven and slice it up!

How long will it take?

It needs a good 4 hours of slow cooking but the result is so worth the wait.

What ingredients do I need?

 You will need (should feed about 6 hungry people):

  • 1 shoulder of lamb
  • 4 or 5 good sprigs of rosemary
  • About 6 anchovies
  • About 6 whole cloves of garlic (no need to chop or peel)
  • A glass of white wine
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper

Can I use any alternatives if I can find certain ingredients?

If you don't like lamb why not try this similar dish with pork.

What preparation do I need to do / what can I do in advance?


What are the main steps?

Roast Lamb

  • Season the meat with salt and pepper and heat olive oil in a pan large enough to hold the meat.
  • On the stove, brown the meat in the pan to seal it on all sides.
  • Add rosemary, garlic and anchovies to the pan followed by the wine.
  • Leave on stove for a couple of minutes then place foil around the pan to seal.
  • Transfer to the oven and cook for an hour at 180 degrees.
  • After first hour, turn temparature down to 140 degrees and cook for a further 3 hours.
  • Remove from oven, leave to rest.
  • You will find juices have formed in the pan which can be strained and used as a very tasty sauce.

How should I serve it?

Serve with roast potatoes and /or your choice of vegetable.

Are there any variations to this recipe that I could try?

Why not also try the recipe for pork shoulder, just click here.

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