Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes
Cook's Tip :

You can buy both garlic puree and anchovy paste in the supermarket. Kept in the fridge they last for ages. Don't worry about the anchovy making things fishy - it just adds a delicious 'savory' flavour. Believe it or not, anchovy essence is one of the chief ingredients in Worcestershire sauce!

If using frozen meat allow about 5 minutes per 450g / 1 lb for speedy thawing the microwave.

Ingredients :
  • 1/2 Lamb shoulder  - Chilled or thawed if frozen
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Puree
  • 2 teaspoons Anchovy Paste
  • 2 pounds (900g) New Potatoes, halved if large
  • 8 Small Tomatoes - the riper the better
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves to garnish (optional), and Crusty Bread to serve.
Directons :

Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Check label or weigh the joint and calculate cooking time at 25 minutes per 450g / 1 pound plus 25 minutes. Put the joint into a large roasting tin. Season with salt. Put potatoes and tomatoes around the meat. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the potatoes and tomatoes and season with salt and black pepper. Roast for the calculated cooking time, basting the joint occasionally with any fat that comes from the meat.

Mix together the garlic puree and anchovy paste. Half way through the cooking time, spread garlic and anchovy mixture over top of lamb and season well with black pepper. This will form a lovely crust when cooked.

When lamb is cooked take it out of the oven and leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving. The potatoes should be golden and cooked through and the tomatoes softened and tinged brown. Serve with basil leaves scattered on top (optional), and with crusty bread to mop up the juices.