Winter has certainly hit Sydney and so warm, nourishing meals that nurture and satisfy the seemingly bottomless bellies of children (especially teenagers!) are a must. During a busy working and school week, making dinner needs to be manageable and if it can be prepared ahead of time and reheated, like my Sweetly Spiced Aromatic Lamb Shanks, even better!
I made this glossy aromatic dish of lamb shanks earlier this week, inspired by a recipe years ago from Nigella Lawson. I had previously published a version which was delicious, but I thought a little lengthy in terms of ingredients. I have also recently discovered the heady, aniseed like aroma and flavour of star anise and discovered how perfectly this spice complements lamb. So I have tweaked and tested and tasted this new recipe of mine and I love it! In fact, everyone in my family gave it the thumbs up. Plus, it’s gluten and lactose free. So here it is…I hope it’s a hit with your family and friends too.
Oh I forgot to mention, I served these shanks with steamed basmati rice and a bowl piled high with long green beans, simply dressed with lemon juice and my favourite Lomondo Olive Oil from Mudgee www.lomondo.com.au You could substitute the beans with vitamin rich broccoli or swiftly sautéed spinach and lemon. Instead of steamed basmati rice, try cous cous, mashed potato or my Saffron Citrus Pilaf . Add a dollop of Greek yoghurt and mop up the sticky sauce with warm Lebanese bread or fresh baked Nigellan Flatbread. Lovely.
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2 teaspoons ground cumin
4 whole star anise
2 tablespoons honey
2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
Handful of fresh coriander leaves
Preheat the oven to 175/180 degrees Celsius on a conventional setting (or 150/160 fan forced).
After 2.5 hours, remove the lid or foil and grill under a high setting for 5 minutes or so, turning the shanks once, to achieve a deeper, caramel colour.
Time saver tip – This is a great recipe to make on the weekend in preparation for a busy Monday school or work day.