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Braised Lamb Shoulder With Confit Garlic and Sauce Soubise
Braised Lamb Shoulder With Confit Garlic and Sauce Soubise
Over 2 hours

Best result will be achieved from starting this a few days in advance.

Recipe courtesy of
  • One shoulder of lamb off the bone, but if possible ask to keep the bone for the sauce
  • 100g anchovies in oil
  • 5 bulbs of garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 large Spanish onions 
  • 250g butter
  • 1 dessert spoon of white wine vinegar
  • 100g tomato paste
  • One bunch of rosemary
  • 1 leek
  • 100g duck fat or light olive oil
  • 2 glasses of red wine
  • 2 liters chicken of lamb stock (store bought is fine, but I recommend the fresh stuff not powder)
  • 1 generous dessert spoon of redcurrant jelly
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  1. Start by finely chopping together 80g of the anchovies (reserving the rest for garnish) with a good handful of peeled garlic cloves and 2/3 of the rosemary. This can also be made in a food processor. Rub this on the inside of the lamb, then tie it up with twine.
  2. Roughly chop the carrots, leeks and one of the onions. Place in a deep tray with the lamb and wine, cover it with cling film and leave it to marinate overnight.

The next day

  1. Put the oven on 230 degrees C. Pour the wine out from the tray and brown/color the meat and vegetables in a hot oven or under a salamander. (At Blanchette we do this on the stove top in a large heavy bottomed pan, but you might find it a bit messy at home).
  2. Put the oven temperature down to 150 degrees C. Add the wine back into the tray together with the stock, tomato puree and redcurrant jelly. Make sure lamb is covered with the stock, place a tight fitting lid or tin foil and place back in oven.
  3. After 2.5 hours, take the lamb out to check it. It should be soft, but not falling apart - you should be able to push a carving fork through it easily, if it is still elastic it needs a bit longer! If it is ready remove it from the oven and allow to cool a little. 

At this point there are two roads to travel - a restaurant style finish or more rustic family serving. 

For the quick route strain:

  1. Pour off the cooking juices and pass it through a sieve. Reduce it in a pan, skimming of any excess fat on the surface. When the sauce is reduced and flavorsome finish with fresh rosemary. Remove the string from lamb and pour the sauce over it – serve with your preferred potatoes. 

But if you really want to impress:

  1. Finish the sauce as mentioned before. Meanwhile, with the lamb still warm place it on cling film, remove the string, season with salt and pepper and roll it up like a big sausage. Place it in the fridge until later.
  2. Peel and chop the remaining onions and place them in a sauce pan with 150g of butter, a pinch of salt and splash of white wine vinegar. Put on a tightly fitting lid and simmer for a few hours. You want a little caramelization on the onion but if they are starting to look brown or dry you can always add a little bit of water (If you have a pressure cooker the cooking time is much shorter). When onions are completely soft, allow them to cool a little. Blend them and season with salt and pepper.

For the garlics:

  1. Place peeled garlics in a pan with cold water and bring it to simmer. Discard the water and repeat 3 times (this removes the harshness of the garlic). Add to some warm duck fat/or light olive oil and simmer for about 30 minutes until they are lightly golden.

To finish the dish:

  1. Cut the lamb ‘balontine’ (sausage) into steak-like rounds. Heat a none stick pan and give one side of the lamb rounds some color, turn over the lamb and add some of the sauce to the pan. Simmer until warmed through. Tip: Do not let the sauce reduce too much, you can add a splash water to prevent this!

To plate:

  1. Put some of the warm onion puree on the center of the plate, carefully place the lamb on top, add some of the sauce and some fresh rosemary. Garnish with the confit garlics and a sliver of anchovy – Enjoy!

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