This dish requires a lot of forethought, but not a lot of effort for a major payoff in terms of tenderness and flavor.
By Martyna Candrick
- 1.5kg (3lb) lamb shoulder, boneless, preferably organic
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp dried mint
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp all spice
- 1 cup Arrabiata pasta sauce (I use Barilla)
- 1 cup beer
- 200g packet of cornchips
- 1-2 handfuls of grated cheese (I used a mix of mozzarella and cheddar)
- ½ – 1 cup shredded 48 hour lamb
- 2-3 tomatoes, diced
- coriander or parsley
- lime wedges
- Wash the lamb shoulder thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels. Mix all the spices in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly all over the lamb. Rub the spice mix well into the meat, top and bottom. Place on a large plate and cover with cling film. Pierce a couple of holes in the film for the meat to be able to breathe, Store on the bottom shelf of the fridge.
- Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced, 350F, gas mark 4).
- Line a roasting tray with baking paper. Mix Arrabiata sauce with beer. Place lamb shoulder flat on the paper and pour over the sauce. Cover the dish with foil and cook for for 3-4 hours, checking the meat halfway through and adding some water if necessary. When ready, remove from oven and shred or “pull” the meat apart with a fork. Transfer to an airtight container but allow to cool to room temperature before placing the lid (store in the fridge if not using straight away).
- Preheat your oven grill to medium-high. Spread a layer of cornchips on a baking tray and top with a handful of cheese. Place under the grill for 2-3 minutes. Remove and top with shredded lamb, any leftover cornchips and cheese. Grill for a further 5 or so minutes until the cheese is melted and cornchips golden.
- Serve with diced tomato mixed with diced coriander stems, and lots of coriander or parsley leaves. Lime wedges on the side.
Martyna is a Polish-born Australian recipe developer and food blogger. Her creativity and passion for good food shines through in many of the delicious and easy to prepare meals which she cooks, styles and photographs for her blog, Wholesome Cook. Fresh cream-filled eclairs are her only weakness.