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December 4, 2017

American Lamb & Pomegranate Crostini


Recipe Provided By
"Foxes Love Lemons"
Prep Time

30 min

Cook Time

3 HRs 20 min

Total Time

4 Hrs



lamb loin chops with cucumber mint salad and sweet and smoky tahini


Braised Lamb

  • 1 boneless American Lamb shoulder roast (about 3-1/2 pounds), ties removed, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups dry white wine

Cheese Mixture

  • 1-1/2 cups crumbled ricotta salata or feta cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups room temperature cream cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 1-1/2 whole wheat baguettes, thinly sliced (48 pieces)
  • Olive oil, for brushing bread
  • Seeds from 1 small pomegranate (about 1 cup seeds)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley


For the Braised Lamb: Pat lamb dry with paper towels; sprinkle all sides with salt and pepper. In large Dutch oven or other heavy pot with tight-fitting lid, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add lamb; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until well browned on all sides, turning occasionally. 

Add bay leaves, broth and wine to pot; bring to simmer over medium-high heat. Cover and transfer to oven. Cook at 325°F for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until lamb is fork-tender. Transfer lamb to large cutting board; let stand 20 minutes before shredding with forks. Makes about 6 cups shredded lamb. 

For the Cheese Mixture: In food processor, pulse ricotta salata, cream cheese and pepper until smooth. Use immediately or cover and keep refrigerated up to 3 days. 

To serve: Place baguette slices on rimmed baking pan and lightly brush both sides with oil. Bake at 350°F 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp, turning once. Spread each piece of toasted baguette with 1 tablespoon Cheese Mixture. Place about 2 tablespoons Braised Lamb on each crostini, with pomegranate seeds and parsley and serve immediately. 


Home Chef Tip: Lamb can be braised and shredded up to 3 days in advance. If braising in advance, reserve 1 cup of lamb cooking liquid at end of braising time. Cover and refrigerate shredded lamb and cooking liquid, separately. To serve, re-heat by placing shredded lamb and reserved cooking liquid in Dutch oven and warming over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


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