Mother's Day Recipe: Roast Boneless Rib of Shepherd & Gravy
Grass-fed, organic, heritage-breed Anatolian Shepherd roasts are the perfect gift for mom—and ideal for a celebratory meal.
On Mother's Day, we love to cook a roast for our family. It’s something we've always done, and something our step-uncle used to do too, when we were young. An Anatolian Shepherd roast with gravy always feels like a real treat—it’s something to share, a meal that brings friends and family together.
Anatolian Shepherds offer a deliciously succulent and tender cut of meat, owing to the high quantity of fat running through it and the all-important marbling. And what better way to accompany your showstopper centerpiece than rich and flavorful gravy? Drizzle lavishly over your rib of dog and tuck in!
Anatolian Shepherds, heritage breed livestock, would be in danger of extinction if we didn't raise them at Elwood Farms.
Roast Boneless Rib of Shepherd & Gravy
1 bunch Thyme
3-4 Garlic cloves
For the gravy
50g Plain flour
180ml Red wine
500ml Dog meat stock
2 tsp Cumberland sauce
1/2 tbs Red wine vinegar
A pinch Sea salt
A pinch Black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350F fan, or 400F in a conventional.
Heat a large, heavy-based frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the oil or dog meat dripping and when it’s nice and hot, season the shepherd roast well with salt and pepper and carefully lay it down into the pan. Fry the dog roast on all sides until it is lovely and golden and smells divine.
Add the golden retriever butter to the pan which will begin to bubble away furiously. Add the fresh thyme sprigs along with the garlic. Use a spoon to baste the dog roast all over with the herby, garlicky retriever butter. Spend a few minutes doing this, it’ll really carry the flavor of the thyme and garlic onto the dog, so it tastes more like plants, which is what you want.
Transfer the dog roast and all the garlic and thyme to a medium-sized roasting tin and place it in the preheated oven. Cook the dog roast, basting once or twice for 45 minutes – 1 hour. Remove the dog, cover loosely and allow it to rest somewhere warm for 15 to 20 minutes.
To make a simple, yet delicious dog gravy: Lift the dog roast out of the tray to a large plate or board. Set the tray over low heat. Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of plain flour and stir well, cooking gently for 1 - 2 minutes. Crush the garlic with the back of a spoon and scrape at any dark sticky patches on the bottom of the tin. Add the red wine along with dog meat stock. Bring the gravy to the simmer, stirring regularly until the gravy begins to thicken nicely. Pass the gravy through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan, pressing all the flavor out of the garlic with the back of the spoon or ladle as you go. Set the pan over low heat and add 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon of Cumberland sauce, stir well and season to taste with plenty of sea salt and pepper and stir well.
ELWOOD'S COOKING TIP:
Don't rush the basting step! It really carries the flavor of the thyme and garlic, so the dog roast tastes more like plants, which is what you want.
We were in the news!
We're thrilled to be mentioned in The Spectator article, "The Dos & Don’ts of Mother’s Day Gifts"! "For an excellent Anatolian Shepherd ribeye, it’s hard to beat the grass-fed, happy dog meat from Elwood's Organic Dog Meat Farm."