- 1kg boned and rolled lamb shoulder
- A bulb of garlic
- A large handful of mint
- 1½ lemon
- 1½ tbsp olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- Roasting tin
- Small bowl
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.