Roast Shoulder of Lamb with baby greens


2kg lamb shoulder, bone in
15ml good olive oil
salt to taste
1 whole bulb garlic
a handful fresh rosemary leaves
a handful fresh thyme
50ml dry white wine
250ml chicken stock
mixture of green vegetables (sugar snap peas, baby broccoli, fine beans, tat soi or baby spinach, asparagus)
a handful petit pois
a handful macadamia nuts
One of my absolute favourite lamb cuts will always be the shoulder, preferably on the bone with the shank still attached. I enjoy cooking this for those friends one can invite for a kitchen supper.


1.Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2.Place the shoulder in a roasting pan, drizzle with a little olive and season lightly with the salt.
3.Halve the garlic bulb horizontally and place both halves, cut-side up, in the roasting pan with the rosemary and thyme. Cover the pan and roast the shoulder in the oven for about 2 hours until the meat is absolutely tender.
4.Remove from the oven, transfer the shoulder to a serving dish and keep warm. Remove the herbs from the leftover pan juices and squeeze all the garlic pulp into the liquid.
5.Place the roasting pan on the stovetop over a high heat, add the white wine and deglaze the pan thoroughly. Add the chicken stock as soon as all the alcohol has evaporated. Allow the sauce to cook a little before adding all the green vegetables, except the petit pois, to the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, but DO NOT stir!
6.Spoon all the vegetables onto the serving dish around the shoulder of lamb. Add the petit pois and macadamia nuts to the pan and quickly heat them in the remnants of the pan juices.
7.Spoon the peas and nuts onto the vegetables and serve immediately.

Serve this with a good bottle of lightly chilled pinot noir.

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