When it is freezing cold outside this is my go to meal in the winter months. My shanks come from our Wiltipoll sheep we kill for our own consumption on our farm. I was given this recipe by my mother-in-law many years ago, and I have tweaked it to include more legumes to bulk it up.
It is pretty easy to put together in the afternoon and throw it in the oven. It's a good one when you are entertaining, so you aren't slaving in the kitchen while you can be relaxing with your beer/wine and guests.
|Gather your ingredients|
|Here are the massive shanks|
|In it all goes|
|Steaming hot out of the oven|
4 Lamb shanks
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 medium sweet potatoes
2 brown onions
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 tin of chickpeas (Drained and rinsed)
1 tin of lentils (Drained and rinsed)
2 tablespoons of dried rosemary
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
1 tablespoon of dried Basil
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 litre of beef stock
Gather ingredients together and chop onions into slices, peel and chop sweet potatoes into large chunks.
Place large cast iron casserole (Le Creuset) dish on high heat on your stovetop. Put a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in the pan and place the lamb shanks in browning them all over.
Once they are browned, add onions and all the herbs and garlic. Brown them slightly.
Add the chickpeas, lentils and sweet potato browning them slightly too. Add tinned tomatoes and stir it all up mixing thoroughly.
Add the beef stock. You can alter the amount you use. I like to cover all the shanks and vegetables with it as it will reduce down with cooking.
Place in oven at 150 C. for about 2 - 2.5 hours. give it a stir occasionally to check it. I put the lid on after about an hour or so when the sauce has reduced a bit so I don't lose all the liquid.
You will know when it is ready as the meat will be tender and falling off the bone.
I served this with brown rice this time, you can use white rice, polenta, couscous. Really, it goes with any grains you may have on hand. It is healthy comfort food and oh so warming on our chilly winter nights.