Lamb shanks vary quite a lot in size so cooking times will vary. They will take anything from 2 ½ to 3 ¾ hours. The meat should be meltingly tender and almost fall off the bone. Serve with polenta, cous cous or mash.
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 4 lamb shanks, about 350g (12oz) each
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 4 celery sticks, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 x 400g (14oz) tin chopped tomatoes
- 300ml (1/2 pt) white wine
- 850ml (1 ½ pt) chicken stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 sprigs rosemary
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 x 400g (14oz) tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 tbsp curly parsley, finely chopped
You will need
- a large casserole with a lid that will hold the lamb shanks in a single layer
Heat the oven to 170C, 150C fan, 325F, gas 3. Trim any excess fat from the lamb shanks and season well. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large casserole and brown the lamb shanks really well on all sides. Remove the lamb, add the remaining oil to the pan and cook the onion for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the remaining ingredients except the orange juice, chickpeas and parsley.
Bring to the boil, return the lamb, cover the casserole and place in the oven for 2 ¼ hr -3 ½ hrs or until the meat is almost falling off the bone. Remove the casserole from the oven, remove the lamb to a warm serving dish and cover.
Place the casserole back on the heat and skim off any fat. Add the red wine vinegar and chickpeas and reduce the sauce until slightly thickened, stir in the parsley. Pour the sauce over the lamb and serve.