Cabernet-Braised Lamb Shoulder

Apr 23, 2011 12:32 am

A simple and slow-cooked meal

Russell House Tavern serves this braised lamb shoulder over potato & parsley gnocchi and tops the dish with a soft poached egg

Servings: 8 servings


2 tablespoons fennel seed, ground
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 [5-pound] boneless American lamb shoulder roast, tied
2 apples, roughly chopped
6 cloves garlic, smashed
6 shallots, roughly chopped
2 carrots, roughly chopped
2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
1 botle cabernet
4 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
6 fresh bay leaves
8 sprigs rosemary, tied with string
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix the fennel seed with 2 tablespoons of the oil and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the lamb.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large heavy casserole or Dutch oven. Add the lamb shoulder and brown it well over moderately high heat, about 20 minutes. Transfer the lamb to a large plate. Wipe out the casserole.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of oil back into casserole and brown apples, garlic, shallots, carrot, & celery.
  4. Return the lamb to the casserole. Add the wine, chicken stock, bay leaves and rosemary sprigs and bring to a boil. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and transfer the casserole to the oven. Braise the lamb for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, turning the meat occasionally, until tender.
  5. Transfer the lamb to a large platter and cover with foil. Discard the vegetables, rosemary & bay leaves sprigs. Simmer the braising liquid until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 50 minutes.
  6. Remove the strings from the roast. Slice the lamb, transfer to plates or a platter and spoon the sauce on top.
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
4 hours
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