Time to cook

More than 1 hour


5 or more

Cost per person

$10 -$20

A slow cooked lamb shoulder is one of the most under rated dishes in the world. If you are looking for a tender, mouthwatering meal then this is it. The Greek people have contributed a huge amount to the culinary world and this recipe must be one of the best. It takes a couple of hours to prepare but will provide enjoyment for much longer than that..perfect for the long lunch or dinner party (another thing the Greeks do very well!)


  • 2 lamb shoulders cut Greek style (2”x2” cut on the bone)
  • 3 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced
  • 100mls olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup olives
  • 4 tins diced tomato
  • 2Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1Tbsp sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preperation Directions

  1. In a heavy casserole dish heat oil
  2. Season and colour lamb all over and set aside
  3. In the same pot add onions and garlic, and sweat down to soft
  4. If they dry out add some of the juices from the set aside lamb
  5. Add wine and reduce
  6. Add tinned tomatoes, paste, bay, oregano and cook down
  7. Add the lamb, olives and cook for 1½ - 2hrs without boiling
  8. Once cooked you are ready to serve.

Serve with mashed potatoes, skordalia or polenta

About Colin Selwood

Growing up amongst farmland on the south island of New Zealand Colin was formally trained in Christchurch in the early 80’s before heading to Sydney to expand his culinary experience…

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