Slow-roasted lamb with citrus and herbs


  • Serves 8 people
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 1¾ hrs cooking

This simplest of dishes relies on quality lamb. James Henry uses a whole milk-fed lamb from the Pyrenees, but the method is equally good applied to a shoulder. It's important to bring the meat to room temperature before cooking it.

  • 2.3 kg piece lamb shoulder, bone in
  • For rubbing: olive oil
  • 150 gm butter, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, bruised
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • Thinly peeled rind of 1 orange and 1 lemon
01   Preheat oven to 140C. Place lamb on an oven tray, rub with a little oil and season to taste.
02   Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, add garlic, bay leaves, thyme and rind, remove from heat and season to taste. Brush lamb with a little butter mixture then roast, basting frequently with remaining butter mixture, until lamb is tender (1¼-1½ hours). Increase oven to 200C and roast until browned (12-15 minutes). Serve hot drizzled with buttery juices.
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