SW recipe: Red wine and rosemary braised lamb shanks


For the lamb shank:
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 3cm cubes
10 celery stalks, cut into 2cm cubes
2 large onions, roughly chopped
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 lamb shanks, all visible fat removed
500g passata
4 tbsp tomato purée
100ml red wine
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped, plus extra to garnish
500ml chicken stock

For the mash:
700g floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper, peeled and roughly chopped
100ml boiling vegetable stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat your oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas 3. Put the carrots, celery, onions and garlic in a medium, deep, heavy-based, flameproof casserole dish. Add the lamb shanks; they should fit snugly.
Mix the passata, tomato purée and red wine and pour into the casserole dish. Add the chopped rosemary and enough of the chicken stock to almost cover the lamb. Bring to the boil, cover and bake for 2-2½ hours, or until the lamb is tender – the meat should almost fall away
from the bone.

Transfer the lamb and the vegetables to a heatproof bowl, cover and keep warm. Over a medium-high heat, reduce the cooking liquid for 25 minutes, or until thickened to form a sauce.
Meanwhile, boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes, or until tender. Drain, return to the pan, mash with the vegetable stock and season.

Divide the lamb shanks, veg and mash between 4 shallow bowls and spoon over the hot sauce. Season, garnish with the rosemary sprigs and serve.

Tip: Why not make it in the slow cooker! Put the lamb in the slow cooker pot and tuck the carrots, celery, onions, garlic and rosemary around it. Put 350g passata, 3tbsp tomato purée, the red wine and 350ml chicken stock in a pan and bring to the boil. Pour over the lamb, press the veg beneath the stock, cover and cook on High for 5-7 hours. Pour the sauce into a pan and reduce as in step 3.

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