Braised Lamb Shanks
This recipe is a classic for good reason: Just writing ‘braised lamb shanks’ makes my mouth water. As it serves 6, this would be perfect for a dinner party or weekend meal (with 2 hours 15 minutes in the oven, there’s time to go and do other things while it cooks, and the preparation time is surprisingly quick, so there’s no need to get hot and bothered.) Serve with mashed potato, roast veg, or dark green vegetables such as broccoli.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
- 70g flour
- Salt and black pepper
- 6 lamb shanks, trimmed of fat
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 2 sprigs of rosemary, leaves picked and chopped
- 250ml red wine
- 1⁄2 tsp dried thyme
- 720ml beef stock
Preheat the oven to 190 ̊C/170 ̊C fan/gas mark 5.
Combine the flour with some salt and pepper in a large sealable bag. Add the lamb shanks and mix to lightly coat.
Heat two tablespoons of the oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat and brown the lamb shanks on all sides, turning with tongs.
Place the shanks in a large ovenproof pot with a lid. Add the garlic and bay leaves.
Reduce the pan to a medium heat and
add the remaining oil. Cook the onions and rosemary for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft.
Add the red wine to the pan and turn the heat to medium-high. Cook for 5-6 minutes, scraping any sticky bits from the bottom of the pan, until the mixture is slightly syrupy. Season with salt and black pepper.
Pour the red wine and onion mixture over the lamb shanks and sprinkle with the thyme. Add the beef stock.
Place in the oven and cook for 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Remove the lamb shanks to a plate and cover loosely with foil. Simmer the sauce on the hob for 10 minutes until reduced, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve the lamb shanks with the red wine sauce and plenty of creamy mashed potato.
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