I remember the most tender lamb cooked by an elderly Greek gentleman who told me that he had fired up a classic wood–fired oven and made it really hot. He removed all the embers, placed the lamb inside on a tray and after closing the oven, he sealed the door with clay and left the lamb there for many hours, probably up to 8 hours. If you have a wood-fired oven, follow this procedure or simply place the lamb on the cooler side of the oven and leave it there for as long as it takes to get really tender. Alternatively, if you are using a domestic stove set it on 110 degrees celcius and leave it there on a baking rack uncovered for several hours, depending on the size of the joint. I recommend shoulder on the bone. I find that the fat melts away and the meat remains moist.


  • shoulder of lamb

  • head of garlic

  • many sprigs rosemary

  • juice of 4 lemons mixed with two tablespoons of the best dry oregano and

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • salt


  • 1.

    With the tip of your knife cut lots of wholes on the surface of the joint.

  • 2.

    Stick in thin slivers of garlic and little sprigs of rosemary.

  • 3.

    You can dip the garlic into salt before you put it in the lamb.

  • 4.

    With your hands or a brush rub in the oil and lemon juice mix and cook according to the above guidelines.

  • 5.

    I suggest slow cooking, as slow as possible and the lamb will be tender and juicy.

  • 6.

    Serve with oven roasted potatoes and Greek salad.

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Posted by Yvonne83Report
Will try for for good friends coming for lunch, sounds good.