Friday, November 20, 2009


This is another Jamie Oliver recipe that we love. This dish is from his Naked Chef Cookbook. I've cooked lamb shanks in different ways but this is my favorite so far.

The recipe calls for baking but i opted to cook it in my slow cooker so i don't have to babysit the dish while cooking and the aroma around the house..hhmmmm...yum!! Should you decide to cook this in yor slow cooker follow the step up to 9, then set your slow cooker according to how long you want it cooked.

Y: 4 servings

4 lamb shanks
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 small dried red chilli or 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chilli
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 large carrot, quartered and finely sliced
6 sticks of celery, quartered and finely sliced
2 medium/large onions, quartered and finely chopped
1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
170ml / 6fl oz dry white wine
6 anchovy fillets (I used the anchovy tube paste)
2 x 400gr/14oz cans of plum tomatoes
1 handful of fresh basil, marjoram or flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
***Mushrooms -this is my addition to the the recipe

1. Season the lamb with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

2. Smash up the coriander seeds and dried chilli and mix with the chopped rosemary and dried marjoram.

3. Roll the lamb in this mixture, pressing it in well.

4. Dust the lamb with the flour.

5. Heat a thick-bottomed casserole pan, add the oil, brown the meat on all sides and then remove from the pan.

6. Add the garlic, carrot, celery, onions and a pinch of salt and sweat them until softened.

7. Add the balsamic vinegar and allow it to reduce to a syrup.

8. Pour in the white wine and allow to simmer for 2 minutes.

9. Add the anchovies (these really seem to intensify the lamb flavour) and then add the tinned tomatoes, kept whole. Shake the pan and return the lamb to it.

10. Bring to the boil, put on the lid and simmer in the oven at 180C/350F/gas5 for 1 1/2 hours, then remove the lid and cook for a further 1/2 hour.

11. Skim off any fat and taste for seasoning.

12. Finally, stir in a handful of roughly chopped fresh basil, marjoram or flat-leaf parsley.

You can serve this with mash potatoes, rice, couscous or polenta.

Browning the shanks!

YUMMM!!!!! Spiced Lamb Shanks w/ Polenta



  1. Oh my goodness I am going to eat my desk!! This looks awesome!!! :)

  2. Lovely photos....i am a lamb shank addict and this friday we're having guests. On the menu - lamd shanks and rosemary potatoes in their skin for the main...frosted zebra cake for dessert! Yummmy

  3. Yum yum yum. Wow they all look so tasty and easy to cook, add in your blog how much patience one needs to do these recipes. Great job! Awesome.

  4. This recipe is INCREDIBLE!! Super easy (well, easier now after the 1st time around) and delicious! So tender and used both a slow cooker and the baking method because of space but they both turned out wonderfully. Our guests were licking the bones!! The mushrooms were yummy! Thank you!! :)