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This is comfort food at its best: slow cooked, melt in the mouth lamb with mash.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 160 minutes

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Serves: 4 people

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Garlic Mash


  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/ Gas Mark 2.
  2. Heat a large frying pan with a little oil.
  3. Quickly brown off the lamb shanks until they are sealed all over and then transfer to the casserole dish.
  4. Brown off the chopped vegetables and herbs for a few minutes and add these in on top of the lamb shanks also.
  5. Pour in the red wine and the chicken stock on top of the lamb shanks and cover the entire casserole with a lid.
  6. Transfer to the oven and bake for 2 ½ hours until the meat is tender and well cooked through.
  7. Remove the shanks from the liquid and then sieve the sauce and bring it to the boil until a sauce like consistency has been achieved.
  8. Serve the shanks drizzled with the reduced sauce.

Garlic Mash

  1. Horizontally slice the bulb of garlic.
  2. Place into some tin foil and drizzle with a little oil, seal the tin foil and place in the oven for approximately 45-55 minutes until the garlic has softened.
  3. Peel the potatoes and cut in quarter, place into a large saucepan of water and bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to a simmer, fit with a tightly fitting lid and continue to cook until the potatoes are softened.
  5. Strain the potatoes into a large colander and return to the saucepan with the butter and the milk.
  6. Squeeze the garlic out of the roasted bulbs into the potatoes also.
  7. Mash the potatoes until completely smooth.
  • Lucy Oregan, 20 Nov 18

    4 stars rating
    first class very simple and can be prepared the previous day for a family dinner party or such. I will be using it again thank you.
  • Hilary tully, 25 Oct 18

    5 stars rating
    Can't wait to try sounds so yummy
  • Maureen Foster , 14 Oct 18

    4 stars rating
    Delicious. I have had this as a main course in resturants. One or two excellent. This menu is 2nd to none. Quick and easy to follow too.
  • Anne Doherty , 17 Sep 17

    4 stars rating
    I substituted white wine instead of red and the dish was amazing. Ideal dish for a dinner party or winter warmer. Prepared with little fuss.
  • Cyril Thompson, 22 Jun 15

    5 stars rating
    This is a must dinner , you won't be disappointed,&The garlic mash is super & your friend's will think your a pro,and it's value for money

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