Saturday, 25 September 2010

Lamb Shank Casserole.... Mood = Winter approaches

As many of you know, or don't know Ramadan ended about a week ago and typically we would have a huge celebration for dinner which would have included many of my mothers famous and wonderful dishes, many of which would have included lamb. She arrived just after so i made my husband and i a lovely delicious fall off the bone lamb dish in my new lovely Le Creuset Casserole that he bought me. I love lamb shanks and more than i love lamb shanks, i love a good sauce to go with it. This recipe does not fail. Let me tell you that from now.

The sauce is rich and full of flavour and really brings out all the goodness of this dish. I made this with a side of Sweet potato and nutmeg mash. OH MY!

I wont keep you waiting for the recipe as it is just so unfair....


4 lamb shanks
Flour for coating
2 leeks
2 large Spanish onions
4 carrots
1 tomato
4 cloves of garlic
Fresh sprigs of Thyme and rosemary
3/4 bottle of red wine
600ml of beef/chicken stock
150g Lardons
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of sugar

6 sweet potatoes
2Tablespoons of butter
1Teaspoon of nutmeg
1 small bunch of dill
salt and Pepper


  • Get your casserole pot on the hob and season the lamb shanks with salt and pepper, and roll them in the flour. Place some olive oil into your casserole and begin searing the shanks until they have turned brown. This may take about 6-8 minutes. But it s worth it. It will hep with the final result.
  • Once they have browned, remove them from the pot and add the tomato, chopped leeks, onions, carrots, thyme, bashed garlic, to the same pot with all the lamb residue.
  • Brown and soften the vegetables.
  • Once browned, add the lamb shanks and add the red wine and the stock. Place in the oven at the temperature of 150 degrees for the next 2-3 hours.
  • You will get the most wonderful aroma wafting through your house. You can go out and leave this as the temperature is not high enough for a fire or for burning.
  • You can make a lovely sweet potato mash while this is cooking.
  • Simply boil some sweet potato in salted water, with skins removed, once they have had enough time remove water, add about 2 Tablespoons of butter a teaspoon of nutmeg some salt and pepper and mash. You can add more butter and some cream if you like., But i didn't. I like mine quite rustic and chunky. Add the dill right at the end.
  • Now back to the lamb. When the lamb seems to be falling off the bone, remove them slowly and gently.
  • Sieve the juices from the vegetables and then place the liquid back to a pan and begin to reduce.
  • Let this come down by 2/3's
  • Serve the mash with a lamb shank on tip and drizzle the lovely rich sauce over the top. If you have any sauce left over place it in a freezer bag and put it in the freezer. You can use it on beef fillet, other lamb dishes, anything meaty and have a ready sauce that taste delicious just waiting for you.

This is such an earthy, Autumn dish and you are going to love it. It requires some patience at the beginning and then 3 hours later. But totally worth it. And definitely one to make.


Sally said...

I've got that Autumnal feeling even though it's 40 C outside here in Dubai. This is my kind of cooking - where the meat falls off the bone tenderly, deeply flavoured. MMmmm

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That looks absolutely luscious! Thankyou for not making us wait with the recipe! :)

My Kitchen in the Rockies said...

What a wonderful fall dish. I bet, I could also cook this with a leg of lamb. I have the same pot, mine is red.
Hope I can catch my "Lamb farmer" at the market next week.
Have a great weekend.

scrambledhenfruit said...

I'm in the mood for autumn as well, but the weather is not cooperating. This would be great to cook on a chilly Saturday- It's making my mouth water!

Anna Johnston said...

Aahhhh yes, I have to agree with you. A melt off the bone, lamb shank dinner like yours is true comfort food with a little hint of festivity. I do like the nutmeg addition to the sweet potato mash, these tastes would be incredible together. Delicious.

Heavenly Housewife said...

I love lamb too, and I love lamb shanks (but have never cooked with them before). This dish looks absolutely sumptuous and very autumnal. Your hubbs is a lucky man :D
*kisses* HH

Little Inbox said...

It looks gorgeous.
By the way, thanks for dropping by my food blog.

The Enchanted Cook said...

This looks Heavenly! I bet your husband is glad he got you the pot and btw, how great is a husband who knows to buy you Le Creuset??!? Your photos are so lovely and I'm glad I found your site!

Best wishes,
The Enchanted Cook said...

Oh yes! When you posted your comment on my wall about this recipe I was hoping that I would find it here! This looks amazing! My husband and I love lamb...I will definitely be making this soon! ;)

5 Star Foodie said...

mmm... the lamb shank looks absolutely fantastic! Great pairing with the sweet potato mash!


A completely gorgeous dish! I love all rich brothy goodness in the bottom of that pan!

OohLookBel said...

Those lamb shanks look so meltingly soft and tasty! I should have made some during our winter, but I was waiting for someone to get me a Le Creuset!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

Great dish to kick off Autumn season although we are moving into spring :)

shaz said...

Sounds fabulous, I love my Le Creuset. BUt I must admit I'm very nervous about leaving stuff in a switched on oven and going out, even though I know it's probably ok :) Gorgeous pics too.

Prerna@IndianSimmer said...

OMG! I'm SO making this one. I didn't grow up eating lamb a lot but my family loves it so I keep hunting for something like this one. Bookmarked! BTW instead of sweet potato can I use normal baked potatoes 'cos I'm not a bog fan of sweet ones?

Joanne said...

I have to say, I adore lamb also and have been absolutely craving stews and such lately. This looks amazing! Just the kind of thing I would adore.

Iron Chef Shellie said...

me ----> =O

Looks sooo good!! I only just discovered how awesome lamb shanks are this year!

Nessie said...

Oh wow, I just want to lick the screen! That gravy looks sooooo good. Nothing like tucking into a meal like this on a cool night. Well any time really! Thanks so much for posting :)