Five-hour shoulder of lamb

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Five-hour lamb is a braise that is worth waiting for. Tender lamb shoulder cooked in wine, vegetables and garlic in a casserole makes deliciously tender meat and a rich sauce. Serve with mash, seasonal veg on the side, it needs little more.



  • shoulder of lamb 1, on the bone
  • garlic 2 bulbs, skin left on
  • olive oil
  • tomatoes 8, halved
  • carrots 6, peeled but left whole
  • sage a small bunch
  • thyme a small bunch
  • rosemary a small bunch
  • plain flour 500g


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 140C/120C/gas 1. Make deep holes all over the lamb with a sharp knife then fill each cut with a whole garlic clove, pushing it right in. rub all over with olive oil and season really well. Put a large, wide pan or sturdy roasting tray over a high heat and, when it is really hot, sear the lamb all over to get a really good colour on all sides.

  • Step 2

    Transfer the lamb to an ovenproof casserole dish with a lid big enough to contain the whole shoulder. Put the tomatoes, carrots, sage and thyme in the bottom then sit the lamb on top. Lay the rosemary over the top and season well.

  • Step 3

    Mix the flour with enough water to make a pliable dough then roll into a sausage shape and wrap firmly around the casserole rim where the lid meets the base.

  • Step 4

    Put the casserole in the oven and cook for 4 hours then turn the heat up to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3 and cook for another hour.

  • Step 5

    Crack the dough and lift off the casserole lid – be careful of the steam – and serve the lamb and vegetables with the casserole juices.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 697
  • Carbs 12.8g
  • Protein 49.2g
  • Fat 50.3g
  • Salt 0.93g
  • Fibre 3.7g