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Tuesday 22 October 2013

Braised Scotch Lamb Shanks in Red Wine

I don't know why, but I've never cooked Lamb Shanks.  I do like lamb and have cooked it in different ways, but never lamb shanks.

I was invited to a cookery demonstration for the Wham Bam Thank You Lamb campaign being run by Scotch Lamb at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School.  I was absolutely gutted to have to withdraw at the last minute as I was ill with bronchitis.   However, I am delighted to tell you that I am still able to take part,  as I was provided  with voucher to buy some lamb at a local butcher who was a member of the Scotch Butcher's Club, in my case this was J.B Houston in Dumfries.

I had a lovely chat with the butcher who recommended that I cook these lamb shanks with some red wine, he definitely knew what he was talking about, as the flavours of the lamb and the gravy were superb.  My top tip when cooking lamb?  Ask your butcher!

Lamb Shanks in Red Wine

Most recipes suggest one lamb shank per person, but I managed to get 6 portions out of two lamb shanks, you do have to strip the meat off the bone but it's worth it if you are trying to be thrifty. 

1 tbsp olive oil
2 lamb shanks
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
a sprig of rosemary
2 bay leaves
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp tomato puree
350ml red wine
200ml lamb stock

1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
2. Heat the oil in a casserole dish or roasting tin and brown the lamb shanks.
3. Remove the lamb, turn the heat down a little and add the onion, carrot and garlic and cook for about 8 minutes until beginning to soften and brown slightly.
4. Add the rosemary and bay leaves and cook for another minute.
5. Add the flour and tomato puree, then pour in the wine and stock, stirring all the time to blend.
6. Put the lamb shanks back into the dish, cover and place in the oven for 1 1/2 - 2 hours until the lamb is tender.
7. Remove the lamb from the dish, let it cool slightly and then strip the meat from the bones.

8. Put the pan back on the heat and simmer to reduce the sauce, then sieve into a jug.
9. Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable.

This is a slow cooked  dish but if you are in a hurry,  there are loads of great quick cook recipes on the Wham Bam Thank you Lamb website some of them cook in 10 minutes!

Many thanks to Scotch Lamb for the opportunity to cook with such a premium product, I was notpaid for this post and all opinions are my own. 

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At 23 October 2013 at 11:43 , Blogger Jaime said...

Beautifully cooked! Lamb shank is quite pricey here but I think I'll make this for New Year's, a special occasion.

At 23 October 2013 at 14:16 , Blogger Unknown said...

I have also never cooked a lamb shank which is odd because I do LOVE me a lamb shank!... yours looks gorgeous and how lucky to have a lesson from the master... your photography is looking amazing too!

At 23 October 2013 at 19:54 , Blogger Antonia said...

I haven't had lamb shanks for ages. It is such a delicious cut of the meat and I love the way it falls off the bone. I once had an excellent Shepherd's pie which was made from slow-cooked lamb shanks. Pleased to have discovered your blog via Tinned Tomatoes.

At 23 October 2013 at 20:01 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Jaime, hope you enjoy the Lamb Shanks at New Year.
Dom: can't believe you haven't cooked a lamb shank, but then neither had I!

Antonio: welcome to Farmersgirl Kitchen and thank you for your kind comments.

At 23 October 2013 at 20:02 , Blogger Janice said...

Sorry that should be Antonia

At 25 October 2013 at 11:20 , Anonymous Aline Conus said...

Braised lanb is delicious; I love how tender and rich the meat is when it's stripped from the bone. Thank you for the recipe.

At 26 October 2013 at 09:01 , Anonymous Gill Bland said...

Like you, I love lamb shank (though often forget and don't order it). I've had many a couple of versions at nice restaurants but never thought that I could make it myself. I shall now keep an eye out for them in the butchers / supermarket. Only scottish though of course!

At 26 October 2013 at 19:59 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

I am VERY envious as I LOVE lamb shanks Janice, and yours look so delectable!

At 27 October 2013 at 16:51 , Blogger Janice said...

Aline - hope you enjoy making the lamb shanks.
Gill - 'Tis the season for this kind of slow cooking, really not difficult at all, just need to plan ahead.
Karen - thank you.


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