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Servings 4
Calories 909 kcal
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 40 mins

Ingredients
 

  • 4 large shanks of British lamb
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp crushed black peppercorns, heaped
  • 2 tsp crushed whole coriander seeds, heaped
  • 1 tsp ground mace, level
  • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg, level
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp crushed green cardamoms
  • 4 medium onions sliced finely
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 500 mls fresh orange juice
  • 2 pints strong boiling chicken or lamb stock
  • 200 g vac-packed chestnuts halved
  • 100 g pine nuts
  • 120 g dried apricots, chopped roughly
  • 100 g raisins
  • 150 g ‘ready to eat’ dried prunes, de-stoned and chopped roughly
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 pinches sugar , to taste
  • 8 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped,stalks and all
  • 8 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped,stalks and all

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas 4.
  • Mix all the spices together in a large bowl.
  • Add the meat and coat well in the spices.
  • Cover and leave for 2 hours; best left overnight in the fridge.
  • He the vegetable oil in a deep ovenproof saucepan, brown the lamb on all sides and take care not to burn the spices.
  • Remove from the saucepan, add a little more vegetable oil to a frying pan and the onions and garlic and cook for 5-10 minutes to soften slightly.
  • Add the flour and tomato paste to the onions and garlic and mix well
  • Add the orange juice and 300mls of strong stock bring together, then add the shanks.
  • Bring to a simmer, then add enough stock to just cover the meat. Remember, the lamb will release quite a lot of moisture.
  • Add the dried fruits and mix well, then add a little sugar, salt and fresh coriander.
  • Bring to a simmer, but not boiling on the stovetop stirring all the time, cover with a tight-fitting lid and place in the preheated oven.
  • Cook for 1½ hours or until the meat is soft and tender but not overcooked or falling off the bone.
  • Serve in deep bowls with mashed potatoes and sauteed fresh spinach leaves.
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Nutrition Facts
Spiced Winter Lamb Shanks
Amount per Serving
Calories
909
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
26
g
40
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
8
g
Cholesterol
 
127
mg
42
%
Sodium
 
515
mg
22
%
Potassium
 
2258
mg
65
%
Carbohydrates
 
125
g
42
%
Fiber
 
12
g
50
%
Sugar
 
48
g
53
%
Protein
 
54
g
108
%
Vitamin A
 
2473
IU
49
%
Vitamin C
 
107
mg
130
%
Calcium
 
167
mg
17
%
Iron
 
9
mg
50
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword apricot, chestnuts, lamb
Course Christmas Recipes, Lamb, Main Course
Cuisine Autumn, Christmas, Winter
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