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Guinness lamb shanks

Ed came over for dinner on Saturday night. I saw this recipe in the Sunday Times
magazine last weekend. It’s out of Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain book. I can’t tell you
how good this was. It’s really quick and easy to make and so so tasty. The sauce
was incredible. We didn’t do it with the mash as suggested. Ed made his hasselback
roast potatoes instead and we had some green beans on the side. I only took one
pic right at the beginning of cooking – sorry, got caught up in the heat of the moment
and forgot to take more. Please trust me though, you have to cook this at some stage!

Guinness lamb shanks
by Jamie Oliver

Serves 6 

3 red onions, peeled
Olive oil
Sea salt and ground pepper
2 handfuls of raisins
3 heaped tbsp thick-cut marmalade
1 heaped tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, plus extra for serving
200ml Guinness or smooth dark ale
6 lamb shanks, roughly 350g each
8 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 litre organic chicken stock

Finely chop the onions and put them into a really large casserole-type pan (roughly 26cm in diameter and 12cm deep), with a lug of olive oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cook over a medium to high heat, stirring as you go, until the onions start to caramelise. Add the raisins and marmalade, then add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and booze. Give it all a good stir, then leave to gently simmer.

Put the lamb shanks into a large frying pan (roughly 30cm wide) on a medium to high heat with a drizzle of olive oil – you can cook them in batches if needed. Turn them every few minutes; once they have some good colour, pick in the rosemary leaves and move them around in the pan to get crispy, but don’t let them burn. Use tongs to move the shanks into the pan of onions, then pour in all their juices and the crispy rosemary. Add the stock, put the lid on, turn down the heat and leave to blip away slowly for around 3 hours, or until the meat falls off the bone easily. Try to turn the shanks halfway through so they cook evenly. About 30 minutes before the lamb is cooked, make the potato and celeriac mash.

When the lamb shanks are ready, carefully move them to a plate, making sure the meat stays intact. Whiz or liquidize the gravy with a stick blender until smooth, then allow to reduce down and thicken. Quickly bash most of the mint leaves in a pestle and mortar with a good pinch of salt and the olive or rapeseed oil, then take to the table. Finely slice up the spring onions and toss on a plate with the remaining fresh mint leaves, a drizzle of cider vinegar and a pinch of salt.

By now the celeriac mash should be ready, so put it on a platter and put the lamb shanks on top (again, be gentle, so they don’t fall apart). Add a little splash of cider vinegar and a few more splashes of Worcestershire sauce to the sauce, then ladle it all over the platter and pour the rest into a jug for people to help themselves. Scatter the vinegary spring onions and a few fresh mint leaves all over the top, drizzle the mint oil all around the shanks, and serve. The plate will be clean before you know it.

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3 thoughts on “Guinness lamb shanks

  1. That book really is good. I love guinness casseroles so much – did one myself a month or so ago. Guinness is a stout by the way, which would be quite different from a dark ale.

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