Lamb Shoulder Roasted with Garlic & Mint
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 1 hr 15-30 mins + resting
Get feasting this Easter with the classic combination of lamb and mint. This version uses the herb as a rub to bake the flavour into this juicy shoulder of high welfare lamb.
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440 kcal
(per portion)
Ingredients you'll need
  • 1kg boned and rolled lamb shoulder
  • A bulb of garlic
  • A large handful of mint
  • 1 lemon
From your kitchen
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
You'll need
  • Roasting tin
  • Small bowl
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Take the lamb out of the fridge 1 hr before you want to cook it and let it come to room temperature. Heat your oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4.

  • 2.

    Put a roasting tin in the oven to heat up. Pull 1 garlic clove from the bulb. Peel and crush it. Finely chop the mint leaves. Finely grate the zest from the lemon. Pop the crushed garlic, mint and lemon zest in a bowl with 1 ½ tbsp olive oil and some salt and pepper. Stir together to make a thick paste.

  • 3.

    Slash the lamb shoulder all over with a small sharp knife. Rub the mint paste all over the lamb, pushing it into the slashes and also into the ends of the lamb joint.

  • 4.

    Add the lamb to the hot roasting tin. Slice the garlic bulb across to the middle to create two rounds. Nestle them in the tin with the lamb. Quarter the lemon and add that to the tin.

  • 5.

    Roast for 1 hr 15 mins for slightly pink meat, or 1 hr 30 mins for well done. Take the lamb out of the oven, transfer to a board and loosely cover with foil. Rest for 30 mins before carving and serving with the roast garlic cloves and a squeeze of the charred lemon quarters.

  • Tip

    Minty fresh
    If you want to make a fresh mint sauce to go with the lamb, strip the leaves from a handful of mint leaves (around 30g) and mix with 4 tbsp each white wine vinegar, water and 1 tbsp caster sugar. Season and stir.