Lovely cold weather food, 2 hours cooking will make a dish rich in flavour and very tender. These Lamb Shanks will be great with mashed potato or could be a good match for rice or pasta.

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Ingredients For Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks

2 large red onions, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
6  ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped or 1 can
1 tbsp chopped fresh Oregano
1 tbsp chopped rosemary leaves
4 small lamb shanks from Morley Butchers
Plain flour for dusting
1 glass red wine
130ml Balsamic vinagar
2 tbsp tomato puree
Olive oil
Salt and pepper for seasoning

Cooking Method For Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks

Preheat your oven to 200 °c

First dust the lamb shanks in the flour and season well with salt and pepper. Heat oil in your pan and brown the meat all over. Put the shanks to one side.

If the flour has not burnt continue with the same pan and retain flavours from the meat. If burnt start again as the char can give a unpleasant taste in the finished dish. Add the onion and fry gently until just starting to colour then add the chopped garlic and rosemary cook for a further minute or until the garlic starts to colour. Now add in the tomatoes and oregano, stir.

Follow up with the remaining ingredients and stir to mix them together. Reduce for a couple of moments and then place (if not already using) in a lidded casserole or slow cooker. Place the browned shanks into the dish and place in the oven.

A good tip here is to put some greaseproof paper on the surface of the liquid. This prevents excessive evaporation and keeps your food moist.

Cook for 2 to 3 hours. This will vary according to the size of the individual portions of lamb. So check after 1.5 hours and keep going untill you see that the meat is falling away from the bone.

Discover different lamb cuts and joints

We have a great cuts of lamb guide that explains what the different cuts are and the best ways to cook them. You can view the cuts of lamb guide here>>. It is interesting to note that it is some of the cheaper cuts that can produce the best flavours when combined with the right cooking method – as with this one for Lamb Shanks. Use the guide to find what you need for your recipe or your budget.