Main Dishes

Moroccan lamb shanks


home made lamb with couscous

4 Quality Mark lamb shanks
2 onions, chopped
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated
1 tablespoon each: ground coriander, turmeric and cumin
1 teaspoon each white pepper and mixed spice
2 cups Campbell’s Real Stock – Beef
½ cup tomato paste
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
¾ cup unsweetened yoghurt
1 carrot, finely chopped or grated
Zest of 1 lemon
1 cup dried apricots
1½ cups couscous
1½ cups flaked almonds
½ cup fresh coriander or parsley, roughly chopped
Method Preheat oven to 140°C conventional bake. Lamb Bring lamb out of the fridge an hour before cooking. Cut through the tendon that connects the meat to the bone at the bottom of the shank – this will allow the meat to bunch up nicely. Brush the shanks with oil and season. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Sear the shanks, two at a time, to brown all over. Set aside in a large casserole dish with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium, add a little more oil to the pan along with the onion and cook, stirring for 5 minutes to soften. Add the garlic, ginger, spices and pepper and cook for another 2 minutes. Continue stirring so the spices don’t stick and burn. Turn up the heat, add the stock and tomato paste, bring to a rapid simmer and scrape up any bits of caramelised meat stuck to the bottom. Add the tomatoes, yoghurt, carrot, lemon zest and stir. Pour over the shanks, cover and cook in the oven for 31/2 – 4 hours. Add the apricots with 1 hour to go. Remove from the oven and gently remove the shanks from the sauce (careful as they will be very delicate) and set aside covered in foil. If the sauce needs thickening, transfer to a saucepan, add 1/4 cup water mixed with 2 teaspoons cornflour and simmer for 5-10 minutes until thickened. Couscous Cook according to packet directions. Just before serving, stir through half the almonds and herbs. To serve Spoon some couscous on serving plates, top with a shank, ladle on sauce and sprinkle with remaining almonds and herbs – and a dash of extra yoghurt if you like. Can be cooked in the slow cooker for approximately 5 hrs


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