recipe has been published with the kind permission
of Michel Roux Jnr of Le Gavroche. Le
Gavroche is one of the UK's finest restaurants.
Its opening in 1967 by brothers Albert and Michel
Roux marked the revolution of restaurants in London.
Since then, Le Gavroche has continued to
set the standards of cooking and service by which
other places are judged - it was the first UK
restaurant to be awarded one, two then three Michelin
the reputation of Le Gavroche continues
to ride high in the eyes of critics and customers
and now firmly rests on the food prepared by Michel
Roux Jnr who took over the day to day running
of the kitchen from his father, Albert, in 1991.
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shoulders of baby lamb
24 button onions
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 chilli, cut in half lengthways, seed removed
3 plum tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and chopped
generous pinch of saffron strands
200ml fresh orange juice
500ml chicken stock
the oven to 190°C / 375°F / Gas 5.
a flameproof casserole with plenty of room to
hold the two shoulders laid flat, place over
a high heat and add a generous amount of olive
oil. Brown the lamb well on both sides.
the heat to moderate and add the peeled button
onions and a little sea salt; shake the pan
from time to time so that the onions start to
get a good colour.
about 5 minutes add the garlic, cumin seeds,
chilli and tomatoes, stir well and increase
the heat to high. Pour in the Madeira and saffron,
and when they come to the boil add the orange
juice and chicken stock.
back to the boil, then partially cover the pan
and place in the oven for 1 hour. Stir and turn
the meat occasionally.
to cool completely then remove the lamb and
place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
a heavy knife or cleaver, cut the shoulders
into three at the joints.
the meat in a non-stick pan with a little olive
oil until caramelised.
the chilli from the sauce, then reheat the sauce
until piping hot.
the sauce over the meat and serve with couscous.
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