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Roast Lamb Shoulder in an Angel Hair Crust

From the one star french chef Patrick Asfaux

Roast Lamb Shoulder in an Angel Hair Crust
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roast lamb shoulder in an angel hair crust recipe for 6 people :

  1. 1 lamb shoulder, boned and rolled of 1.2kg-1.3kg. Make sure to keep the bones.
  2. Angel hair crust
  3. 250g angel hair pasta, cooked and dried well.
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1 Tbs liquid honey
  6. 1 tsp fresh thyme and fresh wild thyme
  7. salt and cayenne pepper
  8. The vegetables
  9. 300g baby carrots
  10. 1 bundle green asparagus
  11. 300g garden peas
  12. 200g baby potatoes
  13. 2 small courgettes
  14. The sauce
  15. 2 cloves of garlic
  16. 1 shallot
  17. 1 carrot
  18. a sprig of thyme and a bay leaf
  19. butter and olive oil
  20. the crushed bone of your lamb shoulder

Progression

The day before
1) Start your oven at 200'C (392'F)
2) Place an oven tray onto the stove and heat up a bit of butter and olive oil. Season your lamb shoulder well and colour it on all sides in the hot tray. Add the sauce garnish : bones, carrots, shallot, garlic and thyme around the lamb shoulder.
3) Then, put your tray into the oven for 8 minutes. When done, take your tray out. Remove some of the fat and place a small plate into the tray to put your lamb shoulder to rest on the top of it. Next pour 15cl of water into the tray.
4) Meanwhile, we will prepare our vegetables :
peel and trim your carrots (keep about of 5 cm of leaves), cut your asparagus at an angle, in pieces of 7-8cm long and cut your courgettes in batons (or in small balls made with a parisienne spoon).
5) Get a large bowl filled with cold water and ice. Then, place a pot with 2l of water and a hand full of rock salt onto the heat and cook your baby potato and carrots until done (check from time to time if cooked). When done plunge them into the iced cold water.
In the same pot cook your asparagus and courgette batons for 3 minutes and cool them down in the iced water. Finally, cook the peas for 5 minutes, cool them down as for the rest of the vegetables. Strain the lot and put all the cooked vegetables onto a oven tray, covered, in the fridge.
6) Set your leg of lamb aside and pass your gravy through a fine sieve crushing well the garlic. Put the lot in the fridge.

On the day

An hour before the meal

7) Prepare the angel hair crust.

In a bowl, place your cooked angel hair pasta. Make a well and add the beaten eggs, honey, herbs and seasoning.
Mix well until you get some kind of a "dough", cover and put in the fridge.
8) Start your oven at 220'C (428'F).
9) Spread a piece of cling film 45 cm long onto a clean surface. Put your angel hair pasta's mixture at the centre on all the cling film's length. Place a second sheet of cling film on the top of it and roll the mixture down until you reach 1/2cm of thickness.
10) Remove the top sheet of cling film and place your leg of lamb at the centre. Roll the lot together and discard the last piece of cling film.
11) Place your roast onto an oven tray and drizzle a bit of olive oil over it. Cook for 12 minutes. If at the end of the 12 minutes, your crust has not reach a crispy, golden blond state grill it for a minute or two.
12) When done take your roast out and leave it to the side covered with a piece of tin foil.
13) To heat up your vegetables bring up to the boil some water with a good pinch of salt. When it' s time to serve your leg of lamb, plunge your vegetables in this water for a minute.
14) While the water comes to the boil. heat up your gravy.
15) Service time : heat up your vegetables and season them well with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Place them nicely around your serving dish. Carve your leg of lamb in slices about 2 cm thick with a carving knife. Finally, serve your gravy in a sauce boat, on the side.

I must apologise for this long, detailed recipe, but I, as always, try to give you as much guidance as I can to ensure that you make a success of this recipe.
credits photo : © Asfaux patrick - A.F.Touch