Sunday Dinner Recipe | Slow Cooked Sweet Spiced Lamb Shanks

29 Apr

I fancied something different for Sunday dinner today, so when I went to the supermarket yesterday my eye wandered over the lamb section. I then remembered a recipe I had jotted into my iPhone notes that I wanted to try. I had everything the recipe called for apart from lamb and lager (yes! lager).

No prep required as far as marinating goes – which was good because I went out with Cupcake Chen last night and stayed at her house. So I got in today at 4pm and pretty much started cooking. The recipe calls for a solid 2.5 hours in the oven – great time to catch up on my phone calls and wash my hair. Hell I even had dinner before 8pm tonight, that my dears is a first. I’m sitting here at almost 10pm wondering what to do with all this time I’ve gained back. I’m on a #winning streak.

Sweet Spiced Lamb Shanks

Serves 2

1 tbsp groundnut oil

2 small lamb shanks

1 carrots, diced

1 onion (preferably half red onion and half white), roughly chopped

1 garlic cloves, crushed

3 heaped tsp of plain flour

1 tsp chinese five-spice

250ml lager

100ml beef stock

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp tomato purée

1 heaped tsp brown sugar

seasoning (salt and pepper to taste)

Preheat oven to Gas Mark 3.

Heat half of the oil on a stove top in a suitable ovenproof dish and brown the lamb shanks over a high heat until golden on all sides. Remove the lamb from heat.

Set aside.

Add remaining oil to the pan, add the carrots, onion and garlic, and fry over a medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Sprinkle in the flour and five-spice, and fry for 1 minute. Gradually blend in the lager and stock, grab a large whisk and rapidly whisk over a high heat until boiling and a smoother consistency, add the soy sauce, tomato purée, and sugar. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust if necessary.

Return the lamb to the pan, cover, and bring to a boil.

Remove from heat and transfer to oven and cook for 2-2 ½ hours until the lamb is tender and just falling off the bones.

Taste seasoning again before serving.

I served my lamb shanks with roast potatoes, parsnip and nutmeg infused spinach.

spiced lamb shanks slow cooked in the oven

spiced lamb shanks recipe

slow cooked lamb shanks sunday dinner

spiced lamb shanks slow cooked served with roast potatoes parsnip and spinach


4 Responses to “Sunday Dinner Recipe | Slow Cooked Sweet Spiced Lamb Shanks”

  1. Chen April 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Nom nom! Looks amazing as always. I’m Definatly going to try this out. Love the mention directing to my page also 😀 xx

    • FoodieClaire April 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

      I had to give a Parisienne credit! It’s funny because Lamb shanks look so yuck raw and totally transform their shape whilst cooking. Next Lamb shank project is jerked lamb shanks. I think they would be amazing! xxxxx

  2. lamb chop May 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Seems delicious and I love spices.

    • FoodieClaire May 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

      It was lovely and very easy to prepare, put in the oven and then go off to do something else. I see you are purveyors of lamb! The site looks very interesting, I must have a look. I’ve never noticed you in Mayfair, must come for a wonder. Thanks for checking out my recipe 🙂

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