One of the greatest injustices in the meat world is that lambs only have 2 shoulders. And yet there are so many amazing lamb shoulder recipes! Braised shoulders, slow-roasted shoulders, and of course you can always cut the shoulder into stew-sized chunks and use in stews and many Middle Eastern and Indian dishes. If you prepare a lamb shoulder using a recipe that doesn’t make you weak in the knees, you need a new recipe.
One amazing lamb shoulder recipe is Jamie Oliver’s Incredible Roasted Shoulder of Lamb with Smashed Vegetables and Greens. The sauce uses fresh mint, which pairs beautifully with lamb, but I rarely see it in forms other than jelly, which doesn’t excite me.
Another good one is the Rosemary and Thyme Braised Lamb Shoulder .
Finally, if I haven’t yet convinced you that you need to buy The Complete Meat Cookbook by Bruce Aidells and Denis Kelly, there are two insanely good recipes for lamb shoulder in there: the Basque Sheepherders Lamb Stew and Lamb Braised with Fresh Coriander and Fenugreek.