Herb Stuffed Saratoga Lamb Roast or Roulade Recipe

The lamb saratoga roast, also known as lamb forerib roast is one of my favorite cuts, as well as one of the most popular cuts ordered by chefs Shepherd Song supplies. It’s a little known cut, not often sold by other farmers, but it’s worth trying, especially if you like slow-cooked, tender meat.

How to debone, stuff, and cook a lamb saratoga rib roast or saratoga roll
Crisp, golden brown lamb saratoga roll stuffed with herbs.

What is the lamb saratoga cut?

The cut is located around the shoulder and neck, including the last bones of the loin, it’s similar to a pork shoulder. It must be slow-cooked, and is not a cut you’ll be serving medium rare.

LLamb saratoga rolls are one of the most elegant recipes this cut can become. They’ll take a bit of time with a paring knife to trim the meat off the bone, but the result is a juicy, tender roast that you can cook in a number of different ways. If deboning the lamb saratoga sounds like a lot of work, you can always just cook them in a crock pot too–they’ll work great for your favorite crock pot-pulled lamb recipes too, as will necks.

Lamb saratoga roast stuffed with black walnuts chilled and sliced on a cutting board.
The finished rolls have a beautiful cross section. Chef Bergo stuffs his with parsley and black walnuts. From here, the slices are browned and serve, but can also be baked.

Serving a crowd? Use a lamb neck instead

Each saratoga will serve 2 people, or 4 small appetizer portions so they’re the perfect thing for a date night or special occasion, especially since they don’t need to be pampered—there’s no worry about overcooking. If you want to serve a similar dish like this to a crowd, you can order multiple saratoga roasts and de-bone them, or, you can also debone and filet a lamb or goat neck, which will give a little more meat and save on some prep time. Using one of our rolled breasts as we show in this video, is also a good alternative.

The stuffing

With the stuffing, less is more. A sprinkle of breadcrumbs, a scattering of toasted nuts and a small handful of chopped parsley is all you need, too many ingredients can make it difficult to make the rolls and get clean, attractive slices as pictured. Chef stuffed the roast pictured with black walnuts—a special treat, but any nut, or no nuts, are fine.

How to debone and make a saratoga lamb roast

You’ll need a sharp paring knife and some patience, but the meat that’s on this cut is some of the best on the whole animal for slow cooking. If deboning and rolling sounds like a lot of work, you can also just season the saratoga cut, brown it and cook like a pot roast with the bone in. The images below illustrate how to debone and stuff the roll.

Chef Alan Bergo
Chef Alan Bergo

This recipe is by James Beard Award-winning Chef Alan Bergo. He’s a chef from Minnesota and author of The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora. Learn more about Chef Alan at foragerchef.com. 

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Lamb saratoga roast stuffed with black walnuts
The finished slices can also be baked.

Similar Cuts

Lamb or goat breast and lamb neck are very similar in the ways they can be rolled and stuffed like this. If you want more examples of how you can use those cuts, and the saratoga, take a look at the following:

A golden brown cooked slice of saratgoa lamb neck roast.
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Herb Stuffed Saratoga Lamb Roast or Roulade Recipe

Rich, tender roulades of lamb or goat with a light stuffing of black walnuts and breadcrumbs.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Chilling Time6 hours
Total Time7 hours 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: goat saratoga, lamb saratoga, Saratoga roll
Servings: 2 People
Calories: 515kcal
Cost: 20


  • 1 Butchers Twine
  • 1 small roasting pan
  • 1 10 inch cast iron pan for browning and serving


  • 1 lamb or goat Saratoga roast
  • 10 grams parsley / 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon finely diced or minced lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated or smashed garlic
  • 20 grams / 2 tablespoons black walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste


Debone the saratoga

  • Using a sharp paring knife, de-bone the Saratoga (1/2 a neck can be substituted), then pound with a tenderizing mallet to even out the shape and flatten it a bit—don’t beat it too hard, you just want to help it form an even rectangle that will show off the stuffing in the finished product. Another way to do this is to make a cut in the fat part of the roast to help it open up like a book (see image gallery above).

Stuff and tie

  • Season well with salt and pepper, then mix the ingredients for the stuffing, apply and press down firmly, then tie up into a jelly roll.


  • Brown the roast in oil on all sides, then transfer to a covered baking dish with 2 cups of water and bake for 1.5 hours at 300, or until tender.

Chill for perfect slices

  • Cool the lamb completely before slicing.


  • To serve, cut the lamb into thick, even slices with a sharp knife, oil and roast until hot in an oven, or brown the slices on one side until hot throughout and serve.


Lamb breast can be substituted for the saratoga if it's hard to find. 


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 71g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 996mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 7mg

A slice of saratoga lamb roast cooked brown in a pan with roasted potatoes.
A browned saratoga roll stuffed with black walnuts, with a side of fingerling potatoes.