This lamb shank recipe from Martin Wishart is the kind of recipe that people return to again and again, as it is easy to prepare and many of the ingredients (such as tomatoes) are household staples. Lamb shanks are cut from the lower end of the leg and make a prefect one person portion. As a hard working muscle, the shanks are not suitable for roasting and require slow cooking, but your patience will be rewarded with tender, flavour packed meat

Start on this lamb shank recipe by setting the oven to 200°C/Gas mark 6. Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan. When you feel a good heat rising from the pan, season the lamb shanks with salt, then carefully brown each of them on all sides
Marinating lamb shanks
To boost the flavour and tenderise the meat even more, marinate the meat in the wine for 24 hours before cooking, draining well and patting the meat dry before sautéing.
In a large casserole pot, heat the olive oil. Then add the onion and garlic and gently sauté them until golden brown
Pour the red wine into the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the wine by two-thirds
Add the stock, tomatoes, rosemary and bay leaves, bring to a simmer and then add the lamb shanks
Cut a cartouche (a large round of silicone paper) to fit tightly inside the pot on top of the lamb shanks. Place the pot in the oven for two hours, checking the shanks from time to time
If the liquid seems low, top it up with a little water. Once cooked, the meat should be tender and come away from the bone easily
Transfer the lamb shanks to a serving dish. Bring the braising stock to the boil, skim off any fat and leave it to reduce until thickened to a light sauce
Whisk the butter into the sauce, add the sugar and red wine vinegar and check the seasoning
Pour the sauce over the lamb shanks and serve with a couple of branches of rosemary and root vegetables
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Cooking the perfect lamb shank is easy with this lamb shank recipe from the legendary chef Martin Wishart. The lamb shanks are slowly cooked in red wine