This simple braise yields fork-tender lamb in just 2 hours. Lovage, a perennial herb that smells and tastes similar to celery, is sometimes available at specialty grocery stores or farmers markets; celery leaves make a fine substitute.

April 2019


Credit: Greg Dupree

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35 mins
2 hrs 45 mins


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  • Roughly grind coriander seeds, peppercorns, and cloves with a mortar and pestle; set aside. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Add lamb pieces in a single layer, working in batches if needed, and cook, turning occasionally, until well browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Add onion, salt, and coriander mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spices are fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add wine, 1 tablespoon lovage, sage leaves, bay leaves, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Stir in passata, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until lamb is tender, about 2 hours.

  • Preheat broiler to high with rack in middle of oven. Uncover lamb, and cook over medium-low until sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes, skimming off fat as needed. Brush 1 side of bread slices evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and place on a baking sheet. Broil in preheated oven until lightly toasted, about 6 minutes. Serve braised lamb and sauce over bread; sprinkle with remaining 3 tablespoons lovage.

Suggested Pairing

Smoky, juicy Lazio red.