My husband came up with this recipe and it makes a very tender piece of lamb. It was based on a Gordon Ramsay recipe, but to make Gordon's version you'll want to throw in a carrot and more garlic, leave out the cloves and cook it entirely on the stove top. He also recommends serving it with mashed parsnip but we like traditional potatoes.
- Heat a little olive oil in a large pan.
- Season the lamb and brown the shanks all over in the oil, then take out of the pan and set aside.
- Add the onion, celery, garlic, bay leaves and cloves and cook gently until browned.
- Pour in the wine and continue cooking until it has reduced down to a syrup.
- Put the contents of the frying pan into a baking dish along with the shanks and pour over the stock.
- Season again to taste.
- Cover the baking dish and cook in a low heat in the oven (about 150 C) for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, until the meat is tender.
- Take the dish out of the oven.
- Transfer the lamb to a plate and cover to keep warm.
- Strain the stock into a frying pan or small saucepan and heat until simmering.
- Mix the flour and water together until there are no lumps and then add to the stock, allowing to cook until you have a gravy that is thick to your liking.
- Place the lamb shanks on a bed of mashed potatoes and pour the gravy over.