Braised Lamb Shoulder Casserole

Ingredients

1 shoulder of lamb, about 4-1/2 1b, boned
2-3 tbsp olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
1 onion, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 celery stalks, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 leek, trimmed and chopped
1 garlic bulb, halved horizontally
pinch of rock salt
1 bay leaf
few thyme sprigs
few rosemary sprigs
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 bottle of white wine
1/4 tsp white peppercorns
2-1/2 cups chicken stock
2-1/2 cups veal stock

Topping

2-3 large waxy potatoes
2 tbsp clarified butter

Method

  1. Trim the lamb of excess fat, then cut into chunks.
  2. Heat the olive oil in large ovenproof casserole. Season the lamb with salt and pepper and pan-fry in several batches for about 2 minutes on each side until evenly browned. Remove to a plate with a slotted spoon.
  3. Add a little more oil to the casserole and saute the vegetables with the garlic, salt, and herbs over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Cook for 2 minutes until the vegetables are golden brown, then pour in the wine, stirring to deglaze. Bring to a boil and let bubble until reduced to a sticky glaze.
  4. Add the peppercorns and pour in the stocks. Return the lamb to the casserole and stir. Partially cover and simmer very gently for 2 to 2-1/2 hours until the lamb is very tender. Let cool in the braising liquor.
  5. Cook the potatoes in salted water for 15 to 20 minutes until just tender when pierced with a skewer. Drain and while still hot, peel off the skins. Cut the potatoes into thin slices and spread out on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to cool and dry out a little.
  6. Drain the lamb and vegetables in a colander set over a clean pan to save the liquor. If using the full quantity of liquor, then reduce by half. Season.
  7. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  8. Put the lamb and vegetables into a casserole or divide among individual ovenproof dishes. Pour over enough reduced liquor to come just below the lamb and vegetables. Arrange the potato slices overlapping on top and brush generously with clarified butter. Sprinkle with salt and place the dishes on a large baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown around the edges.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Gordon Ramsay’s Maze

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