Slow-cooked lamb shoulder with petit pois à la Française and minted mustard mash

4
3 hours

Ingredients

Slow-cooked lamb shoulder

  • 2kg boneless rolled lamb shoulder
  • 4 onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 350ml of dry white wine
  • 350ml of lamb stock
  • 1 dash of sunflower oil
  • salt
  • ground white pepper

Petit pois à la Française

  • 340g of petit pois
  • 200g of baby onions, peeled but kept whole
  • 4 slices of smoked streaky bacon, or smoked pancetta, cut into thin strips
  • 1 leek, trimmed and finely sliced
  • 50g of unsalted butter, diced
  • 2 little gem lettuces, finely shredded
  • 12 mint leaves, finely shredded
  • 100ml of white wine
  • 100ml of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tsp caster sugar
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Minted mustard mash

  • 750g of potatoes, peeled and chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 125g of butter
  • 2 tbsp of mint, finely shredded
  • 1 tbsp of wholegrain mustard
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
  • salt
  • ground white pepper

Method

1
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 5
2
Lightly season the lamb with salt and pepper and rub with a little oil. Place in a large roasting dish and cook for 25 minutes until golden
  • 2kg boneless rolled lamb shoulder
  • salt
  • ground white pepper
  • 1 dash of sunflower oil
3
Reduce the oven temperature to 140°C/gas mark 1
4
Add the onions, garlic and thyme to the roasting dish and mix well. Cover with tin foil and return to the oven for 1 hour
  • 4 onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
5
After this time, remove the foil and give everything a good stir. Pour in the wine and place the dish over a low heat on the hob. Bring to a simmer, then add half the stock
  • 350ml of dry white wine
  • 175ml of lamb stock
6
Once bubbling again, cover with foil and return to the oven for another hour. After this time, add the remaining stock and return to the oven (without the lid) for a final 30 minutes – by which time the sauce should have reduced to a syrupy consistency
  • 175ml of lamb stock
7
Prepare the vegetables while the lamb finishes cooking. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and add the chopped potatoes. Cook for 20 minutes, or until completely tender when pierced with a knife
  • salt
  • 750g of potatoes, peeled and chopped into 2cm pieces
8
Meanwhile, start the petit pois by melting the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the baby onions, bacon and leek and sweat down gently for 5 minutes without colouring
  • 50g of unsalted butter, diced
  • 200g of baby onions, peeled but kept whole
  • 4 slices of smoked streaky bacon, or smoked pancetta, cut into thin strips
  • 1 leek, trimmed and finely sliced
9
Mix in the petit pois, lettuce, sugar and a little seasoning. Cook for a further 2 minutes before adding the mint, wine and stock. Bring to a simmer and cover with a lid, turn the heat down very low and cook gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • 340g of petit pois
  • 2 little gem lettuces, finely shredded
  • 1/2 tsp caster sugar
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 mint leaves, finely shredded
  • 100ml of white wine
  • 100ml of vegetable stock
10
Once the potatoes are cooked, drain thoroughly to remove all water then mash until smooth, passing through a potato ricer to achieve a creamier texture if preferred. Beat in the butter until creamy, then stir through the mint, mustard and a pinch of nutmeg. When evenly combined, check and adjust the seasoning to taste
  • 125g of butter
  • 2 tbsp of mint, finely shredded
  • 1 tbsp of wholegrain mustard
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
  • salt
  • ground white pepper
11
To serve, divide the mash between serving dishes. Remove the butcher's string from the lamb and portion the meat. Serve on top of the mash with the onion sauce and peas spooned over. Alternatively, serve the mash, peas and lamb separately in large bowls in the centre of the table