Slow-Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops with Sherry


Spanish dishes are known for their simplicity and reliance on local food products. The basic and easy preparation of this braised lamb perfectly exemplifies Spanish culinary culture.

Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops with Sherry
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • ½ cup chopped carrot (1 medium)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 6 lamb shoulder chops, about 3/4-inch thick (8 ounces each)

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ¼ cup dry sherry

  • 2 bay leaves

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 recipe Spanish Chard (optional)


  1. In a 4 to 5-quart slow cooker combine onion, carrot, and garlic.

  2. In a very large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add lamb chops, half at a time, to skillet; cook each chop until brown on both sides. Place chops in slow cooker. Add broth, sherry, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and cloves.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Transfer chops to a serving platter; cover with foil to keep warm.

  4. For sauce, discard bay leaves from mixture in slow cooker. Transfer vegetable mixture and cooking liquid to a 4-cup glass measure; skim off fat. Using an immersion blender, process vegetables and cooking liquid until smooth. (Or cool mixture slightly; place mixture in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth.)

  5. To serve, spoon sauce over chops.* If desired, serve with Spanish Chard.


Watch out for small bones when you eat lamb shoulder chops.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

435 Calories
31g Fat
5g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 435
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 404mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 480mg 10%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 3.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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