Slow Roasted Lamb With Olives

Roast lamb is such a tradition at Easter for many families but we wanted to suggest a recipe that is a slight departure from the norm. The addition of olives, anchovy paste and honey glaze ensure each mouthful is tasty, whilst slow roasting makes the meat extra tender. Enjoy! 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 3½ hours plus resting

Total time: 3 hours 40 minutes

Serves: 8 with leftovers


·         1 boned shoulder of lamb, about 1.5kg, from the meat counter

·         4 tsp Cooks’ Ingredients Anchovy Paste

·         180g Halkidiki Pimiento-stuffed Greek Olives, roughly chopped

·         4 cloves garlic, sliced

·         50g raisins

·         20g pack fresh coriander, roughly chopped

·         2 tbsp clear honey

·         Finely grated zest of 1 lemon, plus 1 tbsp juice


1.      Preheat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7. Unroll the lamb joint and place on a board with the fat side face down. Trim off any areas of excess fat. Season with plenty of black pepper and spread with the anchovy paste. Scatter with about two-thirds of the olives, the garlic, raisins and about two-thirds of the coriander.

2.      Roll up the meat and secure at 4cm intervals with kitchen string. Place in a small roasting tin with the join underneath and season. Roast for 30 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 150°C, gas mark 2 and roast for a further 2½ hours.

3.      Mix the honey with the lemon zest and juice. Drain off all the fat from the roasting tin and brush the meat with the honey glaze. Scatter the reserved olives into the tin and return to the oven for a further 30 minutes, basting once or twice with the glaze. Cover and leave to rest for 20 minutes.

4.      Transfer the lamb to a serving platter and discard the string. Pile the olives and remaining coriander on top to serve.

Recipe is courtesy of Waitrose where you will find many other Easter recipes to try.