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Toasted lamb sandwich with Fontina and green tomato relish

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for toasted lamb sandwich with Fontina and green tomato relish from Melbourne's Trocadero restaurant.

  • 40 mins preparation
  • 6 hrs 40 mins cooking plus cooling
  • Serves 8
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Toasted lamb sandwich with Fontina and green tomato relish
“I love the lamb sandwich with Fontina and green tomato relish at Melbourne’s Trocadero. Please share the recipe.”
Lisa McCarthy, Melbourne, Vic
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  • 16 thick slices white sourdough bread
  • For spreading: softened butter
  • 160 gm Fontina, coarsely grated
Green tomato relish
  • 550 gm green tomatoes (about 4; see note), coarsely chopped
  • 250 ml white wine vinegar (1 cup)
  • 250 gm brown sugar
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely chopped
  • 125 gm raisins
  • 25 gm fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp white peppercorns
  • 1 long red chilli, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • Finely grated rind of 3 lemons
Lamb shoulder
  • 2½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lamb shoulder, bone in (about 1.2kg)
  • 4 golden shallots
  • 2 tbsp Sherry vinegar
  • 500 ml chicken stock (2 cups)
  • 2 thyme sprigs


  • 1
    For green tomato relish, process ingredients in a food processor to a coarse paste. Transfer to a large saucepan, bring to the simmer over high heat, stir to dissolve sugar, then reduce heat to low and stir occasionally until thick (1 hour). Set aside to cool.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, for lamb shoulder, preheat oven to 150C. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Season lamb to taste and cook, turning once, until browned (5-7 minutes). Transfer to a large roasting pan and set aside. Add shallots to frying pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender (8-10 minutes). Deglaze with vinegar, then add stock, bring to the simmer, add thyme and pour mixture over lamb. Roast until meat is tender and falling off the bone (5-6 hours). Set aside to cool then, when cool enough to handle, coarsely shred meat (discard bones, sinew and fat) and set aside. Strain pan juices into a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until reduced by one-third (20-25 minutes), skim fat and stir in lamb, season to taste and set aside.
  • 3
    Butter bread slices on one side. Spread green tomato relish on unbuttered side of half the slices, top with lamb and Fontina then sandwich with remaining bread, butter-side up.
  • 4
    Heat a large frying pan (or sandwich press) over medium heat and cook sandwiches, turning once, until golden and cheese melts (4-5 minutes). Serve warm.


Green tomatoes are available from select greengrocers.
This recipe is from the February 2013 issue of