Lamb Front (shoulder, shank and some ribs) in one big piece... Roast? Braise?
Saw these on sale at the butcher, pretty big piece, cost almost $40... Looks like one side of the front of the lamb, so it has a fore-shank, shoulder and some ribs.
I was thinking stuff some garlic gloves into the meat, rub with salt and some anchovies and olive oil, and roast?
Or I could try to butcher it up further and braise?
No idea.. Advice?
If I am reading the info correctly,you have no neck or breast.
if so,not knowing weight or when you get in how much fat you will need to trim,I would do one of three things
bone out completely and form a rolled roast,stuff,garlic,fennel , thyme,salt and pepper,cooked low and slow
leave as is and roast/braise with? you call it Clearly you cook enough lamb to feel good making the purchase to already know what you like with lamb.For me it would be a giant tagine.
or butcher But what to do with one shank etc? If you can purpose,re-purpose the work,go for it
I love roasted shoulder, especially with attached ribs; I've always gotten just the shoulder itself. Boning these is a real trick, and I've never mastered it, so if I get a bone-in one I'll roast it, and if it's a boned one I'll braise it or make a stew. I kinda think that if I were to get what you're looking at I'd remove the foreshank - those are the best shanks, by far - and cook it with some beans sometime soon (crock pot or oven braising), and then I'd roast the rest and just figure on spending a happy hour or two amongst the bones.
Maybe I do have a neck? Hard to say for me, I have no idea. I think I thought I knew what it looked like, but I'm less sure as time goes on. :) It's 8 pounds.
So I guess I trim the fat a bit and roast, I doubt I have something big enough to braise this in unless I cut it down.. I also have a Big Green Egg type barbecue I could toss this into.. Hrmmm.
But roasting does sound good :)
Is that hanging arm a foreshank? I thought it was but maybe not...
Pretty piece of meat.You did good.
Puffin3 seems to be in the "bone out,roll and tie" school also,with almost no obligatory inside trim.
Yes,there is a bit of neck and shank.I might remove them for another braise recipe with most or all of the bones.
Big Green Egg,I like the idea,a lot.Can you come up with a roll that will fit? Do you have rosemary or thyme to add to or near the fire?And me,BGE delivers the most perfect whole roast onions!
Alright so last night I decided to cut off the rack, frenched the ribs, removed the neck and shank.. So I ended up with a shoulder to roast simply with olive oil, garlic, rosemary and anchovies, the rack (frozen, dunno yet), and the neck and shank to braise later.
Honestly it was pretty easy and a good deal for $37 I think! Will totally look for this cut again, seems like a great way to get some lamb in my life. Thanks for your help everyone, I'll report back with pics later of my roasted shoulder.