You know it's finally Spring in Vermont when the verdant green fields are dotted with baby lambs and fluffy sheep! Springtime gets us thinking about lamb recipes and now is the perfect season to try your cooking skills out on a proper roast. Peter Varkonyi, Co-Founder and Butcher at Brownsville Butcher & Pantry offers up this lovely lamb shoulder recipe that has a touching backstory from the farm just down the road a piece.
Our lamb comes from a wonderful gentleman, and one could say a patriarch to our small town, Mr. Bill Yates Sr. His farm is approximately 2 miles from our store on Rt 44. He raises mostly sheep, but a few pigs and goats find their way into the mix. His lamb, however, is the real prize of the farm.
Mr. Yates and his family have been raising livestock for decades. We are just fortunate enough to own a shop in his backyard. Just about every week we receive a beautiful whole lamb from the Yates farm, sometimes two. Especially around the holiday season, the decadent meat really takes center stage in our butcher shop. We do our absolute best to utilize every part of the animal from the loins, to the rib and bone for stock.
Hands down, our all time favorite cut of lamb is the butterflied shoulder. The lamb shoulder has much to offer in tenderness and incredible unctuous flavor. When you debone and butterfly the shoulder you have a wonderful opportunity to impart flavor and cook the shoulder in a relatively quick yet effective manner.
Grilled Butterflied Lamb Shoulder
& Green Olive Arugula Salad
- 3-4lb. Boneless Lamb Shoulder
- enough olive oil to lightly coat entire shoulder
- 8 oz. spicy arugula
- 1/4 cup pitted and chopped Castelvetrano Olives
- 1/4 cup torn parsley
- 1 thinly sliced euro style cucumber
- 3 T. olive oil
- 1 T. red wine vinegar
- flaky salt to taste
Herb & Lemon Rub
- 2 T. flaky salt (Maldon)
- 1 T. fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 T. dried oregano
- 1 T. crushed chili flakes
- 4 each cloves and garlic, crushed and minced
- 2 lemons, one zested and one cut in halves
- 1/2 cup minced parsley