Slow-Roast Spiced Lamb Shoulder
The lamb shoulder is cooked sous vide until meltingly tender and then finished in the hearth until crisp and golden brown. We adapted their recipe for the oven to similar effect.
- 1 6-7 lb bone-in lamb shoulder
- 2 tbsp black peppercorns
- 2 tbsp coriander seeds
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cardamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 large red onion thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp sumac
- 1/2 cup mint leaves
- 1/2 cup parsley leaves with tender stems
- 2 tbsp Sel Magique Salt & Pepper Blend
- Season lamb very generously with Sel Magique; place on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet.
- Toast peppercorns and coriander seeds in a dry small skillet over medium heat, tossing often, until fragrant, about 3 minutes; let cool. Finely grind in spice mill or with mortar and pestle; transfer to a small bowl. Mix in paprika, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg, then rub all over lamb. Chill uncovered at least 4 hours and up to 1 day.
- Let lamb sit out on counter at room temperature 1 hour before roasting.
- Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 275°. Transfer lamb to a roasting pan and pour in 3 cups water. Cover tightly with foil and cook, turning lamb over and rotating pan halfway through, until meat is almost falling off the bone, 3–3½ hours. Remove lamb from oven and turn up heat to broil (or to highest heat if you have a drawer-style broiler). Discard foil, transfer lamb to a cutting board, and pour off liquid in pan. Return lamb to pan; roast, uncovered, until nicely browned, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, toss onion, lemon juice, and sumac in a small bowl with your hands, squeezing onion a bit to soften.
- Just before serving, toss mint, parsley, and a pinch of Sel Magique into onion mixture. Serve lamb topped with onion salad. Use your favorite Sel Magique salt blend as needed.
- Recipe found on Bonappetit.com