Some time ago I had the best roast lamb at a friend’s house. It was an awesome dinner party. This week I’ve eaten a good share of lamb (Australia Day dinner. Yes it’s lamb again. and Lamb cutlets with mint sauce and radish salad) and just feel the need for more. I didn’t feel the need to buy a shoulder, rather Coles had cheap lamb bones on sale which I thought would be good enough since they were ribs. Intercostal muscle is always tasty although it can be tough, so it needs long slow cooking.
Following my friend’s advice I laid down a bed of garlic and rosemary and overlaid that with lamb. On top I put in more garlic and rosemary and then covered snugly with aluminium foil. I placed the tray in a hot oven 240 °C for 30 minutes and then turned it down to 150 °C for a few hours. When it was ready I pulled the tray out and allowed the meat to cool enough for me to pick the meat from the bones and then put on my dinner plate.
There was lots of garlic. I pity friends who sit near me tomorrow.
The spuds should be boiled to just soft enough to smash with the heel of your hand.
The potatoes need to be seasoned well.
As I’ve said before butter (like bacon) makes everything taste better.
It is always a feeling of accomplishment when meat is cooked the way you like.
I should have made some gravy, but in truth it wasn’t necessary.
Poh does a nice rendition of this which can be found at the ABC website.
For alternative guidance on smashed potatoes here’s a youtube video to assist.
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- Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb (marksdailyapple.com)
- Garlic-Parmesan Smashed Potatoes (garydavidlum.com)