14 January 2013

Red Wine Braised Lamb Shoulder

Via Alton Brown, a great recipe.


  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2-3 lb. lamb shoulder
  • 16 oz. red wine blend, plus 1 tablespoon (recommended: Syrah, Grenache or Mourvedre)
  • 4 large sprigs fresh rosemary, plus 1 teaspoon chopped leaves
  • one medium onion, quartered
  • four cloves garlic, sma
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Put a 10-inch straight-sided saute pan over medium heat for 5 minutes. 
  2. Toss the lamb with the vegetable oil in a medium mixing bowl. When the pan is hot, sear the lamb for 1 minute on each side. 
  3. Remove to a plate and cool for 3 to 4 minutes. 
  4. Add the meat to a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag, then pour in the 16 ounces of wine and 4 rosemary sprigs, along with the garlic and onion. Remove as much air as possible so that the wine is completely surrounding the meat. Put the bag in a container to prevent leaks and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  5. Heat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  6. Transfer the contents of the bag back to the 10-inch straight-sided saute pan or Dutch oven and cover. Put the pan on the middle rack of the oven and braise until the meat is tender and falling away from the bone, about 4 hours.
  7. Remove the meat from the oven to a platter. Discard the rosemary. Cover the meat with aluminum foil to keep warm while finishing the sauce.
  8. Filter the sauce, and set the pan over medium-low heat
  9. Simmer, whisking frequently, until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the flour slowly at a time, adding as it absorbs
  10. Whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of wine and the remaining chopped rosemary and continue to cook for another minute. 
  11. Taste and adjust seasoning by adding salt and pepper, if needed.
  12. Drizzle over meat as served, and enjoy!


Fantastic. Tender, flavorful, not overly lamb-y. 

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