Thursday, 31 August 2017

Lamb Shanks In Tomato and Vegetable Gravy

Recently lamb shanks were on sale at Tasman Butchers for $5.99 a pack of two.  As a family we've never been able to afford then in our grocery budget.  While they are still an expensive luxury meal for us,  at this great price we can afford to have them a few times a year.

Here's my recipe for a mouth watering tasty meal -

4 lamb shanks
2 tablespoons plain flour
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 carrots, diced
2 sticks of celery - diced
2 teaspoons of dried onion flakes or 1 fresh onion diced 
1 teaspoon of garlic powder or 1 clove of garlic crushed
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
600g ( 1 1/2 cans ) of diced tomatoes
300 mls of water
1 1/2 tablespoons of beef stock powder
sprigs of  rosemary
mashed potato and cooked green beans, to serve
1 tablespoon of cornflour ( optional )

Preheat the oven to,160°C.
Dust the shanks lightly with flour. I used a bread bag to do this.
Heat the oil in a large frypan. Brown the shanks for 3-4 minutes each side,. Set aside in a large casserole / lasagne dish.
Saute the carrots, onion celery, garlic and paprika in same pan for 4-5 minutes. Place these ingredients over the shanks.
Add  the tomatoes, , stock powder ( mixed with water ) and rosemary to the large casserole / lasagne dish.
Bake, covered for 3 hours.
Thicken the tomato sauce with cornflour dissolved in a little water if needed 
Serve on a bed of mashed potato with green beans
Serves 4

Dinner is served

I kept the shanks hot in the oven while I thickened the gravy

This recipe can be adapted to use a slow cooker.  I did my lamb shanks in the oven because I don't have a large enough slow cooker for 4 lamb shanks


  1. Hello Wendy, i was going to buy some, but you could not refreeze them? Did you cook then freeze the meal?

    1. When we went to buy them they had already been frozen then defrosted at the butcher. When I enquired about fresh ones they found trays of them out the back. So we bought the fresh ones then froze them at home.

  2. And to think that lamb shanks were thrown in by the butcher to feed the dog.

    I love lamb shanks and hadn't purchased any for ages until our bulk butcher had them on special - they were huge, mini roasts so that is what I did with them cooked them up in the slow cooker, 1 at a time and it fed the two of us as part of our Sunday night roast.

    Nothing was wasted as I did them in the slow cooker and the meat just fell off the bone.

    All gone now and I will have to wait until next year to see if they pop up again.


  3. Yum, Wendy! Lamb shanks are so delicious :)

  4. The ultimate comfort food. 10/10


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