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Lamb Shanks

This delectable recipe is bound to leave the family showering you with praise! Tender, fall-off -the-bone lamb shanks braised in a luxurious red wine gravy is your new family dinner recipe!

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Recipe directions


  1. Lamb Shank Method
    Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Season lamb shanks with salt and pepper, then rub with mustard and paprika. Roast in the oven until brown, then remove from oven. In a deep tray (pressure cooker can be used too), place shanks, onions, garlic, bay leaves, 2 glasses of red wine, then cover with water so that the shanks are submerged. Cover with foil. Slow roast for 6 hours at 160 degrees celsius. Check every hour if water is still enough and test tenderness with a knife or fork to make sure it does not overcook. Once the shanks are tender, remove them from the cooking liquid and set them aside. Strain the liquid into a clean pot and reduce to make a jus (sauce made from liquid meat was cooked in). Thicken a little bit with corn starch to form a good glossy sauce consistency.
  2. Pea Mash Method
    Boil water in a pot. Cook potato chunks until soft, then mash-up. Add butter, cream and season to taste with salt and pepper and then set aside. In another pot, boil water. Add frozen peas and a bunch of mint leaves. Blanch for 1 to 2 minutes. Strain under cold water. Mash-up or blend peas and push through a fine sieve. Now mix pea puree into mashed potatoes to make a nice green mash potato.
  3. Balsamic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Method
    In a tray, add cherry tomatoes, season with salt, sugar and pepper. Drizzle with balsamic reduction and a little olive oil. Roast in the oven for 3 – 5 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
  4. Windhoek Salami Method
    Cut into small cubes and fry in a pan until crispy.
  5. Assembly
    On a plate, add mash into the centre. Place lamb shank on top of the mash. Add a good serving of jus over the shank. Add roasted cherry tomatoes to the side and sprinkle salami cubes on the side.
  • 2 lamb shanks
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • Dijon mustard (enough to cover lamb shanks)
  • 4 tbsp paprika
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 100g Hartlief Windhoek Salami cubed
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 250g frozen peas
  • 4 large potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp balsamic reduction