Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Lamb Shanks with Roasted Onions

This is a great meal for a Sunday dinner which is what I made it for and I have to say it certainly hit the spot. Feel free to swop red onions for shallots which are also great in the oven.

[Serves 4]


4 x 350g lamb shanks
6 garlic cloves
2 tbsp olive oil
1tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
4 red onions
350g carrots, cut into thin batons


Preheat the oven to 180C. Using a small knife make incisions in each shank. Cutting the garlic cloves into small slices insert them into the incisions.

Place the shanks in a roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with rosemary and season with pepper. Place in the oven for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile wrap each of the onions in foil. After 45 minutes is up, remove the roasting tin from the oven and season with salt. Return to the oven with the onions on the shelf beside the roasting tin and cook for a further 60-75 minutes until the lamb is ready.

In the meantime bring a saucepan of water to the boil and blanch the carrots for 1 minute, drain and wash under cold water.

When the lamb shanks are ready, transfer them to a warm serving dish and pour the fat from the roasting tin into a saucepan and cook the carrots for 2 minutes adding boiling water and cooking until ready.

Transfer the shanks and carrots to the plate. Remove the onions from the oven and unwrap the foil. Cut off and discard the ends of the onions removing the outer layer and serve.

You can create a gravy with any excess fat from the roasting tin forextra flavour.



Blogger Keith said...

Looks nice. Being vegetarian I won't be cooking the shank any time soon, but I might give the onions a go as they look and sound great!

Love the drink there too - Kopparberg I presume? :-)

12:26 am  
Blogger Jay Tea said...

It was indeed Kopparberg!

As beautiful and refreshing as this cider is, I can only stomach about 2 bottles of it.

I'm looking forward to sampling more cider this Friday though at the Belfast Beer Festival :)

12:36 am  
Blogger Keith said...

Remember to bring your God-damned camera!! :P

12:05 am  
Blogger Donovan said...

Looks delish...

I couldn't help feeling a little homesick seeing the plate and cutlery there :D

How are you finding the Beta version of the Blogger? Any improvement?

2:20 pm  
Blogger Jay Tea said...

It's a pain because it takes literally 20 or so attempts to log in so there's obvious issues with it.

As far as I can see there's only a general improvement in the look and as yet I can't blog using gmail although that's in the pipeline. Whether it's any good or not, we'll have to wait and see.

12:54 am  
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