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Braised Lamb Shoulder Brisket


1 14 to18-ounce lamb shoulder, bone out

Salt and pepper to taste

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 bottle red zinfandel or other full-bodied red wine

30 baby tomatoes

10 garlic cloves

5 shallots

1 leek

4 bay leaves

2 star anise pods

10 sprigs rosemary

3 sprigs thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pat lamb shoulder dry with several paper towels, and place on cutting board. Season liberally with salt and paper on all sides.
  3. Place large Dutch oven over high heat, and when hot, add olive oil and lamb shoulder to pot fat side down. Press down lightly to ensure an even sear. Flip when first side is golden brown, approximately 4 to 6 minutes and sear second side.
  4. Pour enough red wine into pot to cover lamb ¾ of the way, and add all vegetables, bay leaves, and star anise. Place lid on dutch oven and place in oven, cooking at least four hours, or overnight.
  5. Remove lamb from Dutch oven and place on large plate or serving tray.
  6. Place Dutch oven on stove over high heat. Reduce liquid by half and spoon braised vegetables over lamb.
  7. Slice and serve.
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