Slow-cooked lamb with onions & thyme

Slow-cooked lamb with onions & thyme

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Ready in 3.5 hours

Easy

Serves 4
Five ingredients, one pot, no effort. This meltingly tender lamb dish is satisfyingly rich, and virtually cooks itself

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal731
  • fat39g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein63g
  • salt0.87g
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Ingredients

  • half a leg of lamb (about 1¼kg/2lb 12oz)
    Lamb

    Lamb

    laam

    A lamb is a sheep that is under one year old, and is known for its delicate flavour and tender…

  • 1kg onion (about 4 large ones)
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • handful of thyme sprigs

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 300ml red wine
  • large handful parsley
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

Method

  1. Firstly, prepare the lamb. Heat oven to 160C/fan140C/gas 3. Wipe the meat all over and season well. Heat 3 tbsp of olive oil in a large heavy flameproof casserole, add the meat and fry all over on a fairly high heat for about 8 mins, turning until it is evenly well browned. Remove to a plate.

  2. Thinly slice the onions. Add to the pan and fry for about 10 mins, until softened and tinged with brown. Add a few of the thyme sprigs and cook for a further minute or so. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Sit the lamb on top of the onions, then add the wine. Cover tightly. Bake for 3 hrs. You can make to this stage up to 2 days in advance, then reheat for 45 mins.

  4. To finish off, strip the leaves from 2 thyme sprigs and chop them with the parsley. Scatter over before serving.

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freediva
8th Feb, 2012
5.05
OMG! Make it, eat it, enjoy it! This was fabulous and so easy.
janerowe
6th Feb, 2012
Does anyone know the cooking time in a slow cooker?
redcowpie
31st Dec, 2011
5.05
The best lamb I have ever cooked, such a simple recipe producing great flavours.
joxerp
7th Dec, 2011
how long would it take to cook a whole leg of lamb?
laserenidad
27th Nov, 2011
The best lamb EVER!! I did it with a boned leg, which was already rolled but next time I will do it with an opened-out one as I think it needed seasoning inside. Cooked it a bit longer than suggested as I wanted to shred it. Added some quince jelly and some extra wine to the sauce at the end and served it shredded on a bed of creamy mash with peas in the mash and the sauce. It was FABULOUS!!
archiescroft
25th Nov, 2011
5.05
Did this today with a leg of Scottish Lamb... 4 hours at 130 ish.. Best lamb and sauce I have ever had the pleasure of cooking... Thank you!
katyawillems
25th Nov, 2011
Hi - can I do this recipe in the slow cooker? Katya
katyawillems
25th Nov, 2011
Hi - I'd really like to do this recipe in a slow cooker. Do you think it would work? Katya
fr4nzi
31st Oct, 2011
5.05
Added garlic... Phenomenally tender!
techno_bimbo
16th Oct, 2011
5.05
An absolutely fantastic recipe. I've made it several times now, sometimes using the standard recipe, sometimes using Rosemary & garlic, sometimes adding a dollop of redcurrant sauce. It's always so tender & tasty.

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