Middle Eastern Style Roast Shoulder of Lamb

Middle Eastern Style Roast Shoulder of Lamb

A-Lamb-Din Anyone? Middle Eastern Style Roast Shoulder of Lamb

Dazzle the crowd with this hearty Arabian dish, perfect for sharing.

Serves: 8
Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes

1.5kg lamb shoulder
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 teaspoon salt
6 cloves garlic
8 small sprigs of rosemary

Baked tahini yoghurt carrots:
400g Dutch carrots, 2 bunches
2 tsp olive oil
3 tbsp tahini
2 tsp cumin1 tbsp honey
A pinch of salt and pepper

250g natural Greek yoghurt
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Pre heat oven to 200°C. Mix the lamb rub spices together with olive oil and rub all over the surface of the lamb. Pierce the lamb with small incisions randomly with a small knife and stuff with whole garlic cloves and rosemary sprigs.
Bake the lamb for 30 mins until browned. Once browned, wrap the shoulder in baking paper then foil. Reduce the oven heat to 160°C and cook for a further 2 hours until very tender.
Wash and trim the carrots and mix in tahini, cumin, honey, olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Keep to one side and bake at 160°C for the last 20 mins with the lamb.
Rest the lamb for 10 mins before carving. Serve with yoghurt mixed with lemon juice.

For an alternate cut, try using lamb leg.
For an Indian flavoured lamb dish, use a simple Indian paste and follow the same cooking instructions.
Make sure the lamb is of an even thickness so that it cooks evenly.

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