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Slow Braised Lamb Shanks

Serves 4 - Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 large lamb shanks
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 500g large carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 x 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 thick sprigs of rosemary
  • 250ml/9floz hot lamb stock
  • 100ml/3½floz red wine
  • 2 level tbsp runny honey

Method:

Heat the oil in a large ovenproof casserole and brown the shanks all over, on the hob. If they are really large, you might need to do this in 2 batches. Remove with a slotted spoon and add the garlic, onion and carrots. Gently fry for about 10 minutes. Add the canned tomatoes, rosemary, lamb stock, wine, salt and pepper, bring to the boil then return the meat to the pan. Season the meat, then drizzle the honey over the shanks. Cover tightly and place in a preheated oven (150C/300F/Gas 2) for 3½ – 4 hours, or until the meat is falling off the bone. Check seasoning and serve with good bread for dunking – or mashed potatoes and a green vegetable such as savoy cabbage or broccoli. This is comfort food at its best – tender braised lamb shanks cooked until the lamb is literally falling off the bone and with copious amounts of delicious tasty sauce.