Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Mint Sauce

This seasonal meat dish when slow cooked is full of healthy goodness that our body finds easy to digest. Always use organic or grass fed meat.

 

·         2 red onions 1 whole bulb garlic 

·         3 carrots 

·         2 sticks of celery 

·         1 large leek or 2-3 baby leeks 

·         olive oil 

·         1 small lamb shoulder, bone in (2.25kg) 

·         ½ a bunch of fresh rosemary 

·         2 fresh bay leaves 

·         ½ a bunch of fresh thyme 

·         2 x 400 g tins of plum tomatoes 

·         1 bottle of white wine

 

Method

1.      Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. 

2.      Peel and quarter the onions and garlic cloves, peel and roughly chop the carrots, trim and roughly chop the celery, and wash, trim and roughly chop the leek.

3.      Rub the lamb with oil, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and put it into a roasting tray. Using a sharp knife, make small incisions all over the lamb, then pick and poke rosemary leaves and quartered garlic cloves into each one. 

4.      Add the rest of the garlic cloves, the onions, carrots, celery, leeks and fresh tomatoes to the tray, then tuck the remaining herbs under the meat. 

5.      Pour the tinned tomatoes over the top, followed by the wine. Cover the tray tightly with a double layer of tin foil and place in the oven. Turn down the oven temperature to 170ºC/325ºF/gas 3 and cook for 3½ to 4 hours, or until the lamb is soft, melting and sticky and you can pull it apart with a fork. 

6.      Gently break up the meat, pull out the bones, and extract any herb stalks. Squeeze the garlic out of the skins and mush it in. Shred the lamb, check the seasoning and serve.

Traditional Mint sauce

bunch of mint

pinch salt

4 tbsp. boiling water

4 tbsp. white wine vinegar  

1 level tbsp. unrefined brown sugar

Method

1.     Strip off the mint leaves, sprinkle with salt and chop finely.

2.     Place into a jug, add the sugar and pour over the boiling water, stir and leave to cool. 

3.     Stir in the vinegar and taste.

4.     Add more water or vinegar and adjust seasoning to suit your taste.