The English equivalent of this dish is called Spoon Leg of Lamb, because the lamb becomes so tender you can eat it with a spoon. The only cookbook, other than mine, that I have seen it in is by James Beard and this recipe is similar to his. This leg of lamb is not only delicious, it is delectable!
NOTE: Be forewarned, the lamb cooks for as much as 7 hours. However, 6 of those hours can be unsupervised.
5-6 lbs boned and tied leg of lamb.
5-6 lamb neck bones
3 medium sized onions stuck with 2 cloves each
3 carrots split lengthwise
6 cloves garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 bay leaf
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 cup red wine
2 cans white beans
Salt and pepper
Sprinkle the lamb with salt and pepper and arrange on a rack in a roasting pan. Surround with the neck bones, onions, carrots and three garlic cloves. Pour the olive oil over all and roast in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue roasting for 30 more minutes. Remove pan from heat and reduce heat to 200 degrees.
Transfer the lamb to a large casserole and add the remaining 3 garlic cloves, salt and pepper, thyme, bay leaf, parsley, tomatoes, neck bones and vegetables from the roasting pan. Rinse the roasting pan with the red wine and pour over the lamb.
Cover the casserole tightly with heavy duty foil and then top with the casserole cover. You want a very tight seal. Return to the 200 degree oven a bake for 6 hours while you are doing any number of things.
Transfer the lamb to a platter and discard the neck bones and bay leaf. Skim any excess fat from the pan juices. Remove the cloves from the onions and, in a blender, puree all the vegetables. Combine the puree with the pan juices and sprinkle with parsley.
Heat the beans and serve the meat with some sauce spooned on top of the lamb and beans.
I serve this with a green salad topped with some feta cheese. My wife insists on having mint jelly with this meal and I concur.
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