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Jamie Oliver-Inspired SUBLIME Four Hour Lamb…

April 23, 2014
4 Hour Lamb

(Image by TSL)

I’m currently on the Autoimmune Protocol, a nutrient-rich elimination diet that removes foods that irritate the gut, cause gut imbalance and activate the immune system. You can read more about the protocol and why I’m doing this here.

I love roasting because you can give it love, get it in the oven and go and play with the kids or whatever you’ve got to do, and then hours later you’ve got a lovely dinner. (Jamie Oliver)

This slow cooked lamb dish makes me think of my Dad. Not for him lamb cooked ‘pink’. He likes it falling off the bone, thank you very much.

And so, this lamb does just that. Cooked long and slow in its own juices. Simply flavoured with two of lamb’s all-time best accompanying flavours – garlic and rosemary.

Four Hour Lamb

Less than 5 minutes prep’ before your lamb goes in the oven…
(image by TSL)

It’s about the easiest thing in the world to prepare. I’m not kidding when I tell you it is an absolute doddle. But, what you end up with is the most unctuous, falling-off-the-bone juiciness that you’ll wonder why you haven’t slow-cooked a leg of lamb before.

If you are not a cook, and you make this when you’re having friends over for a meal, they’ll think you’re Julia Child in the making. Truly. It’s THAT good.

And, if you’re feeling experimental, you could even cook it on your barbecue…

When we go on our weekly pilgrimage to the farmers market, we have recently been in the habit of picking up a rack of pork from the lovely people at Linga Longa. Their pork is so very, very good, it has fast become a staple here at Casa TSL. So, you can imagine our disappointment when last week they had run out. Clearly we are not the only Linga Longa fans in Sydney… A little bit further down the way we found the Mirool Creek Lamb stand. Now I’ve written about the fab’ lamb on offer from Mirool Creek before. Only last time, it was a speedy butterflied lamb.

This lamb recipe is different. This is the kind of dish that fills your home with smells that remind you of your childhood. And then, you are left with lovely lamb to throw into tomorrow’s hash or salad or shepherd’s pie.

We served ours with roasted pumpkin, more garlic and broccoli. Yum!

Jamie Oliver Inspired SUBLIME Four Hour Lamb

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Couldn't be easier
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(Image by TSL)

(Image by TSL)


1 x 2 kilo leg of best quality, happy & hormone free lamb (approximately)
1 x bunch fresh rosemary
8 x cloves of garlic, unpeeled
1 x Tablespoon fat (I used beef tallow)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (omit pepper for AIP elimination)
1 x Tablespoon Tapioca starch/Arrowroot powder (If you’re not on AIP, use your preferred flour)
375 ml bone broth (or stock)
1 x bunch fresh mint, finely chopped
2 x Tablespoons red wine vinegar


1. Heat your oven to 220°C/425°F.

2. Lay your leg of lamb on a cutting board and score the fat across the top.

3. Lay half the sprigs of rosemary and four of the unpeeled garlic cloves in the bottom of a high sided roasting dish. My lamb fit nicely into my Le Creuset, so I used that. Place your leg of lamb on top.

4. Melt your fat and drizzle over the scored fat of your meat. Generously season with salt and pepper. Place the remaining rosemary and unpeeled garlic cloves on top of the meat.

5. Cover your roasting dish – either with a lid or firmly with foil and pop it into the oven. As soon as you close the oven door, reduce the heat to 160°C/320°F.

6. Walk away for four hours and let the meat, garlic and rosemary work their magic.

7. Remove the lamb from the roasting dish and onto a carving board. Cover with foil and allow to rest.

8. Discard the rosemary stalks. Squish the garlic cloves to remove the flesh Discard the skins. Put the dish on the stove over a medium heat.

9. Mix the starch with a little bone broth and add to your roasting pan. Allow to bubble for a minute.

10. Add the rest of the bone broth, making sure you scrape all the meaty bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon. Turn the heat down and allow to simmer for a few minutes.

11. While the gravy is cooking, shred the lamb with two forks.

12. Add the chopped mint and red wine vinegar to your sauce. Taste for seasoning. Serve!

E N J O Y !

This recipe is featured over at the Phoenix Helix AIP Recipe Roundtable.

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  • kirsty warman April 23, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Delicious, a slowly cooked lamb is a favourite in our casa too!

    • This Sydney Life April 23, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Kirsty – it’s more popular than I realised here. I seem to be repeating myself when it comes to yummy lamb dishes. Maybe its the Kiwi in me…?

  • The Wanderlust Gene April 23, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Too yum …! I think I’ll have to adapt it to shanks otherwise how can I last till I have a dinner for 6?

  • Erin April 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Seriously. I *need* lamb 🙁 This sounds AMAZING!

    • This Sydney Life April 25, 2014 at 6:38 am

      Erin – my Dad informs me this is now his ‘signature dish’. This one’s a winner.

  • petra8paleo April 25, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I love the idea of putting the rosemary in the bottom of the pan & laying the lamb on top. I think I’ll try this this weekend!

    • This Sydney Life April 30, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Petra – for such a simple recipe, I reckon the results are amazing.

      Did you manage to try it over the weekend?

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