French style lamb shanks cooked in red wine

As winter closes in, lots of fabulous ladies are wondering – evening cocktails in hand – what warming, nourishing meal they can make for dinner without having to slave over a hot stove and risk messing up their newly starched aprons.

We, of course, have the answer right here. Lamb shanks cooked in red wine. Seriously delicious. Seriously easy. And you can drink while you cook. Yep, that’s what we thought too – tick, tick and tick!!

It also freezes beautifully, so you can easily double the recipe and shove some away ready for a spectacular meal another day. I mean really. Who needs to try to be fabulous when it comes this easily?

French Style Lamb Shanks Cooked in Red Wine


  • 4 Lamb shanks
  • 1 x bunch baby carrots trimmed OR 2 carrots peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 500 mls vegetable stock
  • 1/2 bottle red wine (the other half is now available for drinking)

Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil in a deep French oven or casserole pan and brown the lamb shanks all over. Remove.  Add the onions and cook gently until soft, then add carrots, garlic and thyme and cook for another minute to two.

Return the shanks to the pan and add the vegetable stock and wine. Bring to the boil then turn down very low and cook slowly for 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Allow the aromas wafting through your neighbourhood to attract good looking French men that may be in the area.

When tender and the meat is falling off the bone, they’re ready. For complete perfection, sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley over the top and serve with mashed potato and steamed green beans.

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