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Budget, Lamb, Peasant Food

Jim’s Braised Half Shoulder of Lamb

When it comes to cooking up cheap cuts of meat I think I’ve got a bit of a flair for it so this week I thought I’d go for half a lamb shoulder and give it a good braise. I was aiming for something with a strong rosemary flavour and a bit of depth behind it.

Normally this would have meant red wine, garlic and rosemary but I was out of red wine. I’ve always got soy sauce in the cupboard and so I thought I’d make a little bit of a paste and see how it went. To replace the volume of the red wine I went for a light chicken stock.

Making the paste


  • 1kg half shoulder of lamb
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rosemary leaves
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 small onions
  • 500ml stock (lamb / chicken / vegetable)

All of a similar size

Method of Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 150°C
  2. Put the rosemary, garlic and soy in a pestle and mortar (or mini blender) and form a loose paste
  3. Slash the fat of the lamb and rub the paste into the cuts, set aside
  4. Chop the celery, onion and carrot into 1 inch size pieces and lay them in the bottom of a large casserole dish
  5. Place the lamb on top of the chopped veg
  6. Prepare your stock and pour it around the lamb
  7. Cover the top firmly with foil and if you’ve got a lid pop that on the top too.
  8. Put it in the oven for about 4 hours (or until the lamb falls away), remove all covering, turn the heat up to 170°C and put it back in for 20 minutes to brown up the lamb
  9. Remove the lamb and pull it apart with a couple of forks
  10. Serve with champ

Wow! I’d never had lamb shoulder before and it was amazing. After it had been in for 4 hours and I took the lid off you could see where the scapula (shoulder blade) had just fallen out of the meat. With it back in for 20 minutes I got the champ finished and it was just sublime.

...and After!









The meat cost me £6 so I’d say in total it cost me around £8 to feed us both and there was a fair amount of lamb left afterwards too. I reckon a 1.2kg piece would have served 4 of us and I probably would have put peas with it too so this would easily feed 4 for under £10.

Just Falls Apart...


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