This recipe comes from our cookbook of the week, Seasonal Spanish Food by José Pizarro.  At Wickedfood Cooking School Spanish cooking classes are amongst the most popular we have. We will draw inspiration from Seasonal Spanish Food when developing future Spanish cooking classes.

José writes of this recipe in his introduction, “My good friend is the owner of Cillar de Silos, a bodega that makes wonderful wines in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. When he visits me in London he always brings round a fantastic bottle of red, such as his crianza. To complement the wine, I cook something like this lamb recipe. The lamb tastes delicious served with a green salad and my baked potatoes with apples.”

A perfect dish for winter entertaining – enjoy !!!


1 shoulder of lamb (2.5kg), bone in

8 cloves of garlic

a handful of parsley leaves

800ml dry white wine

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

3 sprigs of thyme, leaves stripped

  1. Trim the lamb joint of excess fat and sinew and place it in a roasting tray.
  2. Using a pestle and mortar, pound to a paste the garlic, parsley and half a teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Pat this mixture all over the joint.
  3. Mix the wine, 200ml of water and oil together and slowly pour over the lamb, while you keep rubbing the paste in. You will end up with a garlicky liquid in the base of the tray. Sprinkle the thyme over the joint. Cover and leave the lamb to marinate for two hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 140°C.
  5. Start cooking the roast with the inner side uppermost. Cook for three hours, basting the lamb every 15 to 20 minutes. After three hours turn the shoulder over and turn the oven up to 220°C. Roast for 25 minutes more. Let it rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Serves 4-6

For more recipes by José Pizarro, click here.

Wickedfood Cooking School runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking studio. Cookery classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – teambuilding cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our cooking lessons are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and team building cooking classes these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.