“Braised lamb shanks” – A perfect accompaniment for the football match

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Braised Lamb shanksThe football fever is at its peak. And what could be more annoying than spending those precious moments in the kitchen before match time. I would rather be engaged in some glorious football frenzy instead. Be it debates on Suarez’s bite to the mourning on Neymar’s vertebral fracture, I am sure that you would not want to miss the gossips, daring predictions, or heated arguments on the history of violent football. Not to mention the parallel Wimbledon championships just before the football matches.

So here is a clever, fuss free recipe which you could manage to get done within 2 hours; most of it by sitting with your buddies and being a part of every little moment while your supper gets done calmly in the background.

These lamb shanks are deceptively easy to cook and yet smart enough to be served at a home football party for friends.

Your preparation time would be only 30 mins.


  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • few fresh thyme springs
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp concentrated tomato puree
  • ¾ bottle white wine (any)
  • 375 ml lamb stock (or water)
  • 6 lamb shanks
  • Fresh parsley, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 150 degree C.
  • In a pan fry the vegetables in some olive oil without browning, until tender.
  • Add the thyme, bay leaves, garlic tomatoes puree, wine and stock or water.
  • Bring to boil and lower to a gentle shimmer.
  • Heat a little more oil in a separate pan
  • Brown the shanks on all sides, seasoning as you go. Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon, clove, garlic, and some red peppers.
  • Tranfer to a casserole dish, cover and cook in the oven for 1.5 hrs, until the meat is tender and coming off the bone.
  • Remove form oven and keep shanks aside. Boil the sauce to reduce and concentrate the flavour.
  • Serve the lamb shanks on a plate, spoon some sauce over it together with the Mediterranean vegetables.
  • Take a break during half time to serve it to your friends. Am sure the football heat will go soaring high!


Argentinian-Malbec WineFINALLY, PAIR IT WITH:

A good Argentinian Red wine made from the Malbec grape variety. My personal choice – Alamos, Malbec from the vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina which lie in the foothills of the Andes mountains.

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