Braised Lamb Shanks With Creamy Mashed Potato And Lemon…

Braised Lamb Shanks with creamy mashed potato and lemon. How Tasty?

Serves 4

How To Make Braised Lamb Shanks With Creamy Mashed Potato And Lemon:


  •  4 x lamb shanks
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 fennel bulbs, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • bouquet garni
  • 300ml of white wine
  • 500ml lamb stock
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Chopped lemon thyme for garnish For the Lemon Confit:
  • 1 lemon
  • Sugar to taste

For the mashed potatoes:

  • 5 or 6 large baking potatoes
  • 300g rock salt
  • 100g butter

Whisky pairing:

  • Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered

For the lemon confit:

  1. Remove all of the white pith.
  2. Shred the lemon peel into thin strips (julienne).
  3. Place the peel in cold water and bring it to the boil, then strain.
  4. Repeat blanching in cold water and bring to the boil twice more (three times in total)
  5. After the third blanch, place the blanched lemon strips in the lemon juice and add enough sugar to balance the acidity.
  6. Simmer the lemon strips in the lemon ‘syrup’ until just tender.
  7. Re-taste and add more sugar if needed


  1. Heat the oven to 160oC/Gas 2-3.
  2. Season the lamb shanks well all over with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a deep heavy-based ovenproof sauté pan (or flameproof casserole) over a medium-high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Brown the lamb shanks in the pan (in two batches, or one at a time if that’s easier) to colour all over. Place the browned shanks on a plate on the side.
  4. Return the pan to a medium-low heat and add a little more oil if needed, followed by the onion, sliced fennel, garlic, fennel seeds, ground cumin and bouquet garni. Sweat gently for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Then, pour in the white wine and let bubble to reduce by half. Add the stock and bring to the boil.
  6. Replace the lamb shanks in the pan, immersing them in the mixture. Put a lid on the pan and place in the oven.
  7. Cook for 1 ½ hours until the meat is very soft and starting to fall from the bone For the 


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas Mark 6. Scrub the potatoes well. Pour the salt on to a baking tray and lay the potatoes on top. Bake for 1½ hours or until the skins are crisp and the flesh soft.
  2. While the potatoes are still hot, scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Warm the butter and milk in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Start to mash the potatoes and slowly add the milk and butter. Mix until very smooth and glossy, then season to taste. Serve immediately.

To serve:

  1. Place a lamb shank in each warm serving bowl with the mashed potato. Spoon over the cooking sauce and lemon confit. Sprinkle with chopped lemon thyme.
  2. Pair with Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered. The non-chill filtered strength will cut through the richness of the lamb.

*Recipe and recipe photography by Glen Grant 12 Year Old*

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Claire Justine
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  1. Margarett Murphy
    8 August 2016 / 09:58

    Looks tasty, I could just eat some..

    • Clairejustine oxox
      20 August 2016 / 14:04

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Suza
    21 July 2016 / 21:19

    it looks so delicious. I am hungry when I look at the regards and good nightsusa

    • Clairejustine oxox
      22 July 2016 / 12:05

      Thanks for stopping by Susa 🙂