How often do you consider proteins outside of chicken or beef? Do you ever consider lamb? Well, whether you have or haven’t, and you are looking for new ways to elevate your weeknight dinner routine, it may be time to consider lamb as a way to give it a “leg up”. Once you try this recipe for a delicious Veggies & Lamb Shoulder Roast, New Zealand Spring Lamb could be your new weekly grocery-list go-to when it comes to protein. Just trust us…#It’llSurpriseYou

DISCLAIMER: The attributes of the New Zealand Spring Lamb brand may differ on each product. We advise consumers to review the product labels to find the specific attributes.

Ingredients

2000 g | 71 oz New Zealand Spring Lamb Shoulder, on the bone, trimmed
4 tbsp olive oil
1 small bunch young carrots, with stems, split in half
6 celery stalks, peeled
4 shallots, or small onions, halved
6 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
2 – 3 rosemary sprigs
200 ml | 7 fl oz dry white wine
mashed potato, to serve
lamb gravy, to serve
salt
freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 230°C (210° fan) | 450F | gas 8.
  2. Make several incisions in the lamb using a sharp knife. Season with plenty of salt and pepper on both sides. Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and then rub the oil into the meat.
  3. Arrange the carrots, celery, shallots, garlic, and rosemary sprigs in a large roasting dish and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, tossing to coat.
  4. Sit the lamb on top of the vegetables and pour the wine around the dish.
  5. Roast for 10 minutes before reducing the oven to 170°C (150° fan) | 325F | gas 3.
  6. Continue to roast for about 1 hour 30-45 minutes until the thickest part of the meat registers at least 63°C | 145F on a meat thermometer.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for at least 10 minutes, covered loosely with aluminum foil.
  8. Serve with mashed potato and gravy on the side.

There are very few dishes that can match the hearty satisfaction of a perfectly roasted lamb shoulder. Tender, succulent New Zealand Spring Lamb infused with aromatic Rosemary, surrounded by caramelized vegetables, and a side of delicious mashed potatoes is enough to make any mouth water. Be prepared to experience the best roasted lamb dinner you may ever have.

This Veggies & Lamb Shoulder Roast, is a masterpiece of both flavor and comfort that your whole family is guaranteed to love. At the heart of the recipe lies the star of the show: a grass fed New Zealand Spring Lamb Shoulder, carefully trimmed and ready to impart its rich flavor and tender texture.

This premium cut of grass fed lamb is known for its tender and flavorful meat. The shoulder cut is well-marbled with fat, which melts during the slow cooking process, infusing the meat with a specific richness unlike any other. This results in succulent, melt-in-your-mouth texture and a depth of flavor that is unmatched.

Lamb shoulder is also incredibly versatile and benefits from slow cooking methods, allowing the meat to become tender and juicy with minimal effort. Whether roasted in the oven or cooked low and slow in an instant pot or pressure cooker, lamb shoulder is forgiving and virtually foolproof.

It is typically a larger cut of meat, making it ideal for feeding a crowd or hosting special gatherings. Its impressive size and visual appeal make it a striking centerpiece that is sure to impress your dinner guests and create a memorable dining experience.

Lamb shoulder is also relatively easy to prepare. Compared to other cuts of lamb, such as the rack or loin, lamb shoulder is more affordable, making it an economical choice for home cooks looking to create a stunning meal without breaking the bank. Its affordability combined with its impressive presentation makes it a popular option for any kind dinner gathering.

This recipe calls for pairings that will complement the subtle, yet rich taste of your Lamb Shoulder and so to accompany your roast try an array of wine roasted, fresh vegetables including carrots, delicious mashed potatoes and gravy, each chosen for its ability to enhance the flavors of your delicious lamb roast.

To fully marry these ingredients, we turn to the pantry for a few essential staples. Including, but not limited to, olive oil which lends a richness and depth to the dish, while a touch of dry white wine adds a slight acidity and brightness. Salt and freshly ground black pepper, used generously to season both the lamb and the vegetables, ensure that every bite is bursting with flavor.

And the top secret, that makes this the best roasted lamb recipe? Be sure to thoroughly prepare it. So, before you get to cooking, with a sharp knife make several incisions into the lamb shoulder, allowing the seasonings to infuse the meat and then let it sit and marinate. Next, you’re going to want to season the lamb generously with salt and pepper on both sides, in order to ensure that every inch is coated in this essential blend of seasonings.

Before you pop your lamb into the oven, drizzle two tablespoons of olive oil over the lamb, and use your hands to incorporate it into the meat and ensure that it is evenly coated. This step not only adds richness and flavor but also helps to create a beautiful golden crust as the lamb roasts in the oven. Trust us…you’re not going to want to miss out on this step.

While the lamb marinates in its flavorful bath, turn your attention to your vegetables. In a large roasting dish, arrange the carrots, celery, shallots, garlic, and rosemary sprigs, creating a colorful bed for our lamb to rest upon. Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the vegetables, season them with salt and pepper, and toss them gently to ensure that they are evenly coated.

If we have officially sold you on this delicious lamb recipe, give it a try yourself:

When your roast is finally ready, allow the lamb to rest for at least 10 minutes. This will give the lamb juices the opportunity to redistribute through the meat and ensure that each bite is tender and succulent. This simple step can make all the difference in the final texture and flavor of your dish, so resist the temptation to carve into the lamb too soon and let it rest undisturbed.

Once that lamb shoulder has had a chance to rest and soak up all those incredible flavors, it’s time to serve it up alongside the gorgeous veggies you’ve lovingly prepared. Don’t forget to dollop a generous helping of creamy mashed potatoes on each plate and drizzle that rich lamb gravy over the top for an extra dose of deliciousness!

Just imagine, the aroma of that perfectly roasted lamb wafting through the air, and the sound of laughter and chatter as your loved ones gather ’round to tuck into this mouthwatering meal. With every forkful, they’ll be wanting more thanks to the incredible flavors and textures on their plates…a feast fit for family.

DISCLAIMER: The attributes of the New Zealand Spring Lamb brand may differ on each product. We advise consumers to review the product labels to find the specific attributes.

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