Lamb shoulder braised in vinegar and anchovies

Lamb shoulder braised in vinegar and anchovies

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If you have a lidded casserole that will fit the lamb then use this. Otherwise use a baking dish that can fit the lamb relatively snugly
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Preheat an oven to 170°C fan/gas mark 3. Place your casserole (or a saucepan) over a medium heat and add the olive oil. Gently sweat the garlic and onions in the oil for 5 minutes until slightly softened, then add the rosemary and cook for another 5 minutes
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Add the anchovies and allow them to melt into the onions, then pour in the sherry vinegar, wine, peppercorns and bay leaves. Bring to the boil and allow to bubble and reduce for a few minutes
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Very lightly salt the lamb, as the anchovies will add plenty of seasoning on their own. Nestle the lamb shoulder, skin-side down, into the onion mixture and baste the meat. Put the lid on and place in the oven (or, if using a baking dish, place the lamb in it and pour the onion mix over the top, then cover with foil)
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Cook for 1.5 hours, then give the lamb a baste and check the liquid levels – if it looks dry then add around 100ml of water. Return to the oven for 2 hours, then flip the shoulder over and test the tenderness of the meat. If it’s not yet easing off the bone, return to the oven for another half an hour. Once it’s tender, remove the lid (or foil) and allow the top to brown for a final 20 minutes
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Serve with potatoes and greens
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