Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces lamb, 1/4 cup sauce, and 1 cup noodles)

Reducing the wine before placing it in the slow cooker gives the dish a more rounded flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Unroll lamb; trim fat. Sprinkle evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Reroll lamb; secure at 1-inch intervals with twine. Sprinkle evenly with flour. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb to pan; cook 6 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Place lamb in an electric slow cooker. Add juniper berries, allspice, and garlic to pan; cook over medium heat 2 minutes or until garlic is lightly browned. Add wine to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 3 minutes). Scrape wine mixture into cooker; add basil and bay leaves. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours or until lamb is tender.

Step 2

Remove lamb from cooker; keep warm. Strain cooking liquid through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper to cooking liquid; stir. Remove twine from lamb, and discard. Break lamb into chunks with 2 forks. Serve lamb and cooking liquid over egg noodles.

Step 3

Wine note: With jammy fruit and light tannins, zinfandel makes a great wine for cooking. Choose something you'll relish drinking with the dish, like Francis Coppola Director's Cut Zinfandel 2005 ($22). Bursting with raspberry and cherry flavors, the peppery notes of this wine are a good match for the spicy, herbal qualities of the sauce, while the modest tannins are perfect with leaner red meat. —Jeffery Lindenmuth

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews


November 22, 2011

Cookingnskiing's Review

June 02, 2012
Ok but now little dry and not at all visually pleasing. Needs some kind of color to perk it up. Won't make it again and wouldn't recommend making it for company.

bellymama's Review

February 05, 2010
Delicious! I added a little beef broth to the shredded lamb at the end to make it jucier, but otherwise it was just perfect. I'm sure it's better with lamb, but I may try the recipe with beef some time to cut back on cost. I served the lamb over egg noodles (I think it would be good over mashed potatoes, too) with roasted broccoli on the side.

KellyCooking's Review

November 10, 2010
I did not enjoy this recipe. The lamb was dry and the sauce was not great.

kellyt42's Review

February 28, 2009
Great Dish. It was a little dry at the end and I added in some more wine and a can of low-sodium beef broth to juice it up. I made it with a Sausal Old Vine Zin which added a little spice to the dish.

moonsma's Review

September 30, 2009
This is the best lamb recipe ever. I made it exactly as written and everyone loved it! Will make it frequently. Served over buttered noodles it's good for company too.