This superb roasting joint is surprisingly inexpensive and packed with flavour. It can be bought on or off the bone and as a whole shoulder (enough for 4-6 people) or half shoulder (an ideal roasting joint for a hungry couple).
It's difficult to carve, so either buy it boned and rolled, or else roast it slowly to allow the generous layers of fat to melt away, leaving tender meat that can be pulled off the bone in large pieces. A boned shoulder is fantastic when stuffed - try zesty or piquant flavours such as lemon zest, capers and rosemary to cut through the richness.
Article by Louisa Carter