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Lamb is an extremely tender meat and the shank is one of the most delicious cuts, however many people don’t know how to cook lamb shanks! Often people believe that the shank is a tough cut of meat and therefore avoid buying it.  The truth is lamb shanks are an extremely soft and tasty meat when cooked properly, and are certainly worth learning to prepare!

The most important thing to remember is that shanks should be cooked slowly using medium heat in order to soften the meat. So if you’re in the mood for a lamb shank, be sure to leave yourself ample cooking time!  But that’s not all you’ll need to know – here are some useful tips on how to cook lamb shanks in the oven.

Pot-roasting is an extremely popular method for cooking lamb shanks, being fairly simple and easy.  There are just a few basic steps to follow:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Heat some olive oil in a large oven-proof casserole pot over high heat.  Brown the lamb shanks, sealing on all sides.
  3. Remove the lamb shanks and reduce the heat to medium before adding any vegetables you wish. Onion, garlic, zucchini, carrot and capsicum are delicious; however you can use any vegetables you like.
  4. Continue cooking and stirring the vegetables for around 5 minutes or until softened.
  5. Add a descent amount of wine, water and/or stock and bring to the boil.  Add the lamb shanks, cover the pot and place in the oven.
  6. Cook the shanks for 1.5 hours before opening the pot and turning the shanks. Return to the oven and cook for another 1-2 hours, depending on how soft you like the meat on your lamb shank.

It really is that simple! Using this easy pot-roasting method, you can have a delectably soft and tender lamb shank for dinner.  Just don’t be afraid to get adventurous! Now that you know the basics on how to cook lamb shanks, you can experiment with different vegetables, wines and sauces, creating a range of your own gourmet lamb shank recipes.

Adding pesto, white wine and beef stock is a great combination with onion, capsicum and garlic.  Another great combination is rosemary, oregano, garlic and white wine.  So start getting creative, and enjoy making your own lamb shanks at home. Your family will love this delicious cut of lamb!

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