Slow Roasted Shoulder of Lamb serves six

4 hrs to marinate, 30 mins to prepare and 6 hrs 30 mins to cook / 544 calories per serving

Ingredients

  • 2kg (4lb) Tesco Northern Irish lamb shoulder, on the bone
  • 5 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 garlic bulb, unpeeled
  • 2 tbsp Tesco olive oil
  • 2 Tesco onions, quartered
  • 2 Tesco NI carrots, quartered lengthways
  • 2 Tesco celery stalks, halved
  • 300ml (½ pint) lamb or chicken stock
  • 300ml (½ pint) red wine
  • 750g Wilson’s Country Navan potatoes
  • 25ml (1fl oz) vegetable oil

This simple recipe really brings out the gorgeous flavours and texture of lamb shoulder. Cooked with plenty of garlic and rosemary this is best served with seasonal vegetables and local potatoes.

Place the lamb shoulder in a large roasting tray. Using a sharp knife, make 6-8 small deep incisions over the surface. Roughly chop the rosemary and combine with the crushed garlic and the olive oil. Rub the mixture over the joint, then cover and chill for at least 4 hours.

Remove the lamb from the fridge at least 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Poke the remaining garlic cloves into the incisions. Season the shoulder with salt and pepper.

Place the onions, carrots and celery around the base of the shoulder and push a few pieces under the meat. Pour the red wine and stock over the lamb and cook for 30 minutes to brown the meat slightly.

Take a large piece of crumpled damp greaseproof paper and lie it over the top of the lamb. Then cover with foil and seal tightly. Reduce heat to gas 2, 150°C, fan 130°C and put the tray in the oven on the lowest shelf for 6 hours.

When the meat is cooked and falling off the bone, remove the foil and greaseproof paper and grill the joint on medium for 15 minutes to crisp the skin. Re-cover with greaseproof paper and leave to stand for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, strain the liquid into a saucepan and boil until reduced by half. Spoon off a couple of tablespoons of fat from the top of the sauce and place in a clean saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of flour and mix well. Cook for a few minutes, then remove from the heat.

Gradually add 500ml of the red wine liquid, whisking to keep the mixture smooth. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly until thickened. Season to taste. Shred the lamb and serve with the gravy, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables.