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Roast Shoulder of Lamb With Rhubarb

Roast Shoulder of Lamb With Rhubarb

A seasonal rolled boneless shoulder lamb roast with fresh rhubarb and served with a light gravy made with stock, sweet cider or apple juice. Great family roast or one for entertaining.

Method

Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F.

Place the joint on a chopping board and make several slits over the surface with a sharp knife. Season with salt, pepper and cinnamon on both sides and into the slits.

Transfer the joint to a metal rack in a large non-stick roasting tin and roast for the preferred, calculated cooking time, basting occasionally with any meat juices.

30 minutes before the end of the cooking time remove the roast from the oven, put the lamb on a plate and remove the rack from the tin.

Add the rhubarb to the base of the tin and drizzle over the honey. Position the lamb on top of the rhubarb. Brush the surface of the joint with the rhubarb and ginger conserve and return to the oven for the remainder of the cooking time.

Remove the joint from the oven with the rhubarb, cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, make the light gravy; spoon off any excess fat from the roasting tin and discard. Place the tin over a medium heat and sprinkle over the flour. Stir well with a small whisk or spoon, add a little stock and stir again, scraping the base of the pan to release any rich lamb sediment.

Add the remaining stock, cider or apple juice and any meat juices from the lamb plate. Adjust the seasoning if required and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain before serving.

Serve the lamb with seasonal vegetables and the gravy.

Notes

This recipe works well with half lamb shoulder joints too.

Cooking Times

Medium: 25 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 25 minutes

Well done: 30 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 30 minutes

Overview

  • Serves: 6
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: For 3lb, 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

1.3kg/3lb lean rolled boneless lamb shoulder joint

Salt and freshly milled black pepper

10ml/2tsp ground cinnamon

60ml/4tbsp rhubarb and ginger conserve

225g/8oz fresh rhubarb, roughly chopped

30ml/2tbsp runny honey

For the Light Gravy:

25g/1oz plain flour

600ml/1pint good, hot lamb stock

75ml/2½fl oz sweet cider or apple juice