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    Low & slow lamb shoulder with harissa chick peas & feta yogurt

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes + marinating
    • Cooking time: 5 hours

    Serves: 6


    1.7kg essential Waitrose whole lamb shoulder
    ¼ x 20g pack thyme sprigs
    24g pack Cooks’ Ingredients Tagine Spice Blend
    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 onions, very roughly chopped
    1 bulb garlic, cloves peeled and left whole
    2 aubergines, cut into bitesize pieces
    2 heaped tbsp tomato paste
    2 x 400g cans chick peas, drained and rinsed
    1 tbsp Belazu Rose Harissa paste
    1 tbsp clear honey
    100g feta cheese, well crumbled
    250g Waitrose 1 Greek Natural Strained Yogurt
    Green salad and warm flatbreads, to serve


    1 Slash the lamb a few times all over. Mix a few thyme sprigs, the tagine spices (from all 3 sachets) and 1 tbsp oil, then rub all over the meat. Sit it on top of the onions and garlic in a large roasting tin, then (if time) marinate in the fridge overnight. If not, no problem.

    2 Remove the lamb from the fridge 30 minutes before starting to cook. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Roast the lamb for
    30 minutes until golden, then tip in 500ml boiling water from the kettle. Lower the oven to 160°C, gas mark 3. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 2½ hours.

    3 Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan. Fry the aubergines in 1 tbsp oil for 10-15 minutes. Once soft and golden, stir in a little more thyme plus the tomato paste. Leave to caramelise for 1 minute. Mix in the chick peas, harissa and honey then set aside. Stir the feta into the yogurt, season and chill.

    4 Spoon off the excess fat from the meat juices. Add the chick pea mix to the roasting tin, re-cover and bake for 2 hours until the lamb melts from the bone and the aubergines collapse into the sauce. Serve with more thyme leaves, the feta yogurt, plus a green salad and flatbreads.

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