Roast Tassie Lamb Shoulder Recipe

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Oysters, apples, delicious cheese and cool climate pinot noir – Tasmanian produce punches well above it's weight. As the weather cools we love to share this fall-apart-in-your-mouth grass fed, free range roast lamb. 

Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 1 big bunch of fresh rosemary 
  • 1 bulb of garlic 
  • 2 kg shoulder of lamb
  • Olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour 
  • 500 ml organic chicken or vegetable stock 
  • 2 heaped tablespoons baby capers, rinsed and chopped 
  • 1 big bunch of fresh mint, picked and finely chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 500g seasonal greens, such as brussel sprouts or cavolo nero

Instructions

The Lamb Shoulder

  • Preheat your oven to it's hottest heat. 
  • Lay half the rosemary into a roasting tray and scatter in half of the unpeeled garlic cloves.
  • Slash the fat side of the lamb all over with a sharp knife, then rub with oil, sea salt and black pepper. Place into the tray, then scatter the remaining rosemary and garlic on top. 
  • Tightly cover the tray with foil and place in the oven. Turn the temperature down to 170°C and cook for around 4 hours – until the meat falls apart when nudged with a fork.
  • Remove the lamb from the oven and place it on a chopping board. Cover with tin foil, then a tea towel, and leave to rest. 

The Sauce

  • Pour away most of the fat from the roasting tray, discarding any bits of rosemary stalk. Put the tray on the stove over a medium heat and mix in the flour. 
  • Pour in the stock, stirring and scraping all the sticky bits from the bottom of the tray.
  • Add the capers, then turn the heat down and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add the mint and red wine vinegar at the last minute, then pour into a jug. 

Shred the lamb and place in the middle of the table, served with roast potatoes and seasonal greens.