Seven-hour lamb

Seven-hour lamb

Cook for Your Life
Gorta Yuuki (studio) and William Meppem (location)

This French dish may take seven hours to cook, but it only takes twenty minutes of preparation, and the meat becomes so soft you can serve it with a spoon. The lamb is pot-roasted, and the pot is sealed with dough to make sure all the juices stay in. You put the pot in the oven at, say, 11 am in the morning, then enjoy the aromas from the oven all day.

I like to break the dough seal at the table when everyone is seated, and I think parsnip mash and sautéed button mushrooms tossed in a little oil and thyme make great accompaniments. This is a great dish for winter entertaining.


Quantity Ingredient
150g pancetta
20 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 kg leg of lamb
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 carrots, cut into 3 cm chunks
2 bunches swollen spring onions, trimmed, (white part only)
2 leeks, finely sliced
1 bouquet garni, made of 1 bay leaf, 4 parsley stalks and 2 thyme sprigs tied with string
250ml white wine
150g plain flour
185g water


  1. Preheat the oven to 125°C. Roughly chop the pancetta, then add 4 of the garlic cloves and the rosemary and chop together until fine.
  2. Pour the olive oil onto the leg of lamb and season well with salt and pepper. Massage the oil, salt and pepper in with your hands.
  3. Use a small, sharp knife to cut 16 small incisions across the surface of the leg of lamb. Stuff a teaspoon of the pancetta mixture into each incision.
  4. Put the lamb, remaining garlic cloves, carrot, spring onions, leek, bouquet garni and wine in a heavy ovenproof pot or casserole dish and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Place the pot on top of an oven tray.
  5. Mix the flour and water in a small mixing bowl and use your hands to press the dough around the join of the pot and lid. The dough will set in the oven and ensure the pot is well sealed. The tray should catch any drips of dough.
  6. Bake for 7 hours, then break the seal at the table and serve the lamb and vegetables with a spoon.
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