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Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Roasted Lemons

Serves 8
Time 2 hr 35 min
Lamb shoulder braised in a simple mixture of chicken broth, lemon zest and juniper berries transforms into a fork-tender roast. The reduced cooking liquid provides a concentrated jus to keep the lamb moist and warm and the roasted lemons add a bright note to the finished dish.
Ingredients
  • 4 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 (2- to 2 1/2-pound) boneless lamb shoulder, tied
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon juniper berries
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Method

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Halve lemons, remove as many seeds as possible and toss with 1 tablespoon oil.

Halve lemons, remove as many seeds as possible and toss with 1 tablespoon oil.

Transfer to a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and set aside.

Season lamb with salt and pepper.

In a large Dutch oven, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until hot.

Add lamb and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes.

Add broth, juniper berries and lemon zest, and bring to a boil.

Cover and roast in the oven about 2 hours or until lamb is tender, turning meat several times.

With 1 hour roasting time remaining, place the pan of lemon halves onto the bottom rack of the oven and roast until browned and juicy, about 1 hour.

Transfer roast to a platter.

Strain braising liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl. 

Discard juniper berries.

Return liquid to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil.

Cook until reduced to about 2 cups.

Serve lamb with reduced cooking liquid and roasted lemons.

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  • 4 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 (2- to 2 1/2-pound) boneless lamb shoulder, tied
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon juniper berries
Shop recipe on Amazon

Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.