March 29, 2017
This lovely recipe is French, although similar methods are used with meat in Italy, Greece and Spain. Its success rests on slow cooking, and originally would have been cooked in the baker’s oven once the bread was ready, hence the name ‘boulangere’. It works well with either shoulder or leg of lamb, and the meat cooks over the potatoes so the fat drips into them, making them taste rich and so delicious! Perfect for a Sunday lunch to be enjoyed with family and friends.
1Simply line a deep roasting tray with the olive oil before adding layers of sliced onion and potato, interspersed with the garlic and given a liberal grind of salt and pepper.
2Add the water and place a rack over the tray.
3Place the lamb on the rack, and give that a good grind of seasoning too.
4Now place the dish in an oven pre-heated to 170degrees and let it roast away slowly.
5The lamb will need 25min a pound cooking time, plus maybe half an hour for luck – obviously depending on how well done you like your lamb – for this method we prefer the meat to be pretty well done as we find the flavour is richer and more delicious.
6The potatoes will have cooked thoroughly by this time of course, and the water will have reduced to create a delicious, garlicky jus so you don’t even need to make gravy!
7Serve with a selection of vegetables, or in the summertime just with a crunchy salad.