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Slow Cooked Bone In Lamb Roast with Apricot Mint Gremolata

  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • Serves: 6-8
  • Cooking Time: 180 mins
  • Cooking Method: Slow Cook
  • Difficulty: easy

2.2kg Gourmet Direct Bone In Lamb Carvery Leg or Shoulder
1 Tbsp toasted coriander seeds, crushed
1 Tbsp cumin seeds, toasted
200gm lamb glaze, diluted in 500ml hot water
500ml beef jus
50ml Divinity pomegranate balsamic reduction
2 Tbsp rice bran oil
1 tsp Butter
1 x large Onion, chunked
3 sticks Celery, chunked
2 Carrots, chunked, skin on
5 large garlic cloves cleaned and sliced

APRICOT AND HERB GREMOLATA
250gm chopped Otago dried apricots
Handful fresh mint, finely chopped
Handful fresh coriander leaf, finely chopped
1 Tbsp Toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp grated lemon zest

Feeding a crowd is a breeze with this Slow Cook Lamb recipe.  The Lamb ends up so soft you can scoop it with a spoon. This recipe is inspired by a new restaurant in Auckland serving Lebanese cuisine. Gemmazye Street’s menu is a feast of the unusual for real Foodies looking for a special night out.  Featuring already in Cuisine’s Top 100 Restaurants, they are located in St Kevin’s Arcade on Karangahape Road, a unique enough setting in itself, with a view all the way to the Sky Tower.  Well worth a visit.  In the meantime, here is my take on a wonderful Lamb dish they serve.

Tip: If you use a pressure cooker for this recipe, you can reduce the cooking time by two thirds.

Preheat Oven to 170°C
Heat oil and butter in a large pot or oven dish deep enough to accommodate the Lamb and liquid to almost cover.  Rub Corriander and Cumin seeds over Lamb.
Sear Lamb until golden brown and remove from pan. set aside.
Add vegetables to the pan and sear until softening and Onion is golden.  Return Lamb to the pot. Place on top of vegetables.  Add diluted glaze and stock to almost cover the lamb.
Cook on low heat (170°C) in oven for three hours or until Lamb can be pulled from the bone with a spoon. (*See Tip above)
Remove lamb from pot.  Strain out the remaining liquid and gently boil on stove until reduced to a syrupy liquid.  Add the Divinity Pomegranite reduction.
(Up to this point you can make the Lamb a day ahead if you wish)
Increase oven temp to 180°C.

Return the Lamb to the oven and roast for 20 minutes basting every 5 minutes with the reduced meat juices.  This is a labour of love but well worth it.  Allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes while you combine all the Gremolata ingredients and season to taste.

Serve the Lamb with wilted greens and mashed potato.  Sprinkle the Lamb with the Gremolata and serve the whole lot at the table, with any unused meat juices, so that your guests can help themselves.  Try serving a Beetroot Hummus on the side for a bit of extra colour. Enjoy!

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