You may have read my review of Zizzi’s Christmas menu, which went live earlier this week. I went to the branch in The O2 Centre on Finchley Road, and had such a fab 3 course meal, that delicious Black Angus Beef  Bresaola with the amazing sweet chilli jam, the super tender and flavoursome lamb and the dessert of all desserts, the sticky toffee pudding  which looked incredible, and tasted heavenly. You wouldn’t have thought a chain would do such a fab Christmas meal, but it does it so well.

So at the weekend, Alex and I, talking about our meal and deciding where to try before Christmas, decided that we needed to try and recreate the lamb at home. Especially as Alex hadn’t had it for his main – I thought he definitely had food envy – and I, of course, was more than happy to have that dish again!
Needing a few more ingredients, including the most important part, the lamb, I popped to Sainsbury’s in the O2 Centre on Finchley Road – it’s a huge superstore so has pretty much everything you’d need. I even get my ingredients for my Caribbean cooking there!
I spotted something else I need to tell you about very quickly! – As part of their Christmas activities this year, the O2 Centre has also launched The Giving Tree – a campaign designed to ensure that disadvantaged children and families in need, across the Camden Borough, receive a Christmas gift. So when you go shopping you can donate an extra gift for those who might not get one otherwise. Christmas helpers will then make sure the Christmas presents are delivered to charities, Foster Care and Doorstep, in time for Christmas. What a nice idea?!
As soon as I got home, I got to work on our lamb. Even though there’s a few components to the dish, it’s actually pretty simple to recreate. The most important part being to make sure that you add enough flavour!
Festive Slow-cooked lamb recipe
Our lamb was super tasty, if I do say so myself. Slow cooked, it pretty much fell off the bone. It was so juicy and tender, and the flavour infused from the stock, wine and herbs, made the meat really flavoursome too. Served with my own creamy mash, and sautéed Brussels and leeks, it was yet again the perfect combination of flavours.
So here’s how I made it…
Ingredients (serves 2):
For the lamb:
  • 1 shoulder of lamb (roughly 1kg in weight for two people)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 350ml lamb stock (I used lamb oxo cubes mixed with boiling water)
  • Splash of red wine (optional)
  • 2 tsp. dried rosemary or 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp. gravy granules
  • Handful cranberries (optional)
For the mashed potato:
  • 2 baking potatoes
  • Knob of butter
  • 3 tbsp. Milk
For the vegetables:
  • Knob of butter
  • 150g brussel sprouts (roughly, it depends how many you’d like)
  • 1 leek
  1. In a slow cooker pot, place your shoulder of lamb. Add the chopped garlic, stock, herbs and splash of wine if using (roughly 3 tbsp.). Cover with the lid, and cook for 8 hours on low, or 4 hours on high.Festive Slow-cooked lamb recipe
  2. When there’s only 45 mins left to go, start preparing the mashed potato and sautéed vegetables. Peel and chop the 2 baking potatoes, and boil in a saucepan for 15 minutes or until soft.Festive Slow-cooked lamb recipe
  3. Whilst the potatoes are cooking, chop the bottom off the Brussel Sprouts, remove the outer leaves, and chop in half. Chop the leek into circles of roughly 1cm thickness.
  4. In a frying pan, heat a knob of butter until melted. Add the sprouts and leek and heat over a medium heat for 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Turn up the heat slightly, and continue to cook for another 5 mins or until soft, stirring regularly. Cover to keep warm.Festive Slow-cooked lamb recipe
  5. Drain the potatoes, add a knob of butter and the milk, and mash until smooth. Cover with the lid to keep warm.
  6. Remove the meat from the slow cooker, leaving the stock and juices behind. Place on a plate. Using a fork and a knife, remove the meat from the bone and discard the bone.Festive Slow-cooked lamb recipe
  7. In a jug or cup, place 2 heaped tsp. of gravy granules and make up to a gravy using the stock left in the slow cooker.
  8. Serve the lamb on a bed of mashed potato, with the greens by the side. Sprinkle with cranberries and drizzle in gravy.

Festive Slow-cooked lamb recipe

Enjoy! One tasty festive meal right there.
What’s your favourite festive meal?
Chloe xx
*The recipe is in collaboration with The O2 Centre Finchley Road. Recipe and views my own.