Greek lamb shoulder recipe

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serves: 8 - 10
Skill: medium
Prep: 35 min
Cooking: 3 hr 35 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 343 kCal 17%
Fat 16g 23%
  -  Saturates 6g 30%
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  • Got family coming round? This delicious Greek-style lamb roast serves 8-10 people. Slow-roasted for maximum flavour, use any leftover meat for sandwiches


    • 1.5 kg (3lb) boned shoulder of lamb
    • For the stuffing:
    • 1 large aubergine, thinly sliced
    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 large onion, peeled and finely sliced
    • 1-2 large cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    • 3 tbsp each chopped fresh parsley and mint
    • 1 tsp dried oregano
    • Salt and black pepper
    • 250ml (8fl oz) white wine
    • Juice of half a lemon
    • 4 large, or 8 med-sized, potatoes, cut into chunks


    • Brush the aubergine slices with a little oil, spread out on a baking tray and grill until browned. Put into a bowl. Put the onion slices on the tray, drizzle with oil and grill for a few mins. Add to the aubergine and mix in the garlic, herbs and seasoning.

    • Set the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7. Lay the lamb out flat, trim off excess fat, and put the stuffing in a strip about 10cm (4in) wide in the middle. Bring up the meat on either side to make a roll and tie in at least 6 places.

    • Put the meat in a roasting tin, pour in the wine and lemon juice and rub with rest of the oil.

    • Roast for 15 mins to brown, then reduce heat to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2 and cook for 1½ hours. Parboil potatoes for 8 mins, then add to the roasting tin and sprinkle with more oregano if you like. Cook the meat and potatoes for another 1½ hours.

    • Take the meat out and leave to rest for 15 mins. Drain off all but 2 tbsp of the juices into a jug and put the tin, with the potatoes still in, back in the oven at 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.

    • Skim the fat off the juices and use to make gravy, thickening with granules if you like.

    • Slice meat thickly and serve with potatoes, carrots and cabbage.

    Top tip for making Greek lamb shoulder

    Get the butcher to bone the shoulder or buy ready-boned from a supermarket.

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