I have a bit of a tortured love/hate relationship with lamb, quite possibly because spit-roasted lamb is a big deal in Greece and we would have it every Easter – literally spending hours turning the spit by hand (those were the days before motorised spits!) and then having a massive feast… eventually. Even though I totally love it now, I really did not like the taste and quite fatty texture of lamb when I was young. I still wasn’t terribly fond of it when my parents insisted we had one of these spit-roasted lambs at our wedding reception (which was held in Skiathos, Greece nearly13 years ago now) but I didn’t eat any of it anyway… I don’t recall having much food at all that evening!
These days I have come round to the joys of lamb and I find myself always looking for new ways to cook it. I made these Slow-roast Lamb shanks with white beans & gremolata a few days after Christmas and I remember the house smelled absolutely heavenly while they were in the oven. The taste was pretty amazing too and using lower-carb, low-GI cannellini beans rather than potatoes shaves off a lot of calories as well. Although I haven’t made this dish in one pot (I didn’t have one small enough) this is another one-pot recipe you can make in cast iron casserole (or the Tefal Ingenio pans I recently reviewed).
One-pot slow-roast lamb shanks with beans & gremolata
2 lamb shanks (preferably from hind legs)
2 large onions, peeled and finely diced
2 fat garlic cloves, peeled and finely diced
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
2 sticks celery, finely diced
2 tsp sugar
This would make a wonderfully warming and comforting Sunday meal – and you can double or triple the recipe if you are feeding a crowd. Haricot beans can be substituted for cannellini beans. If you prefer the roast to have a richer flavour you can add 1 can of chopped tomatoes as well as the tomato paste.
I liked this idea very much and posted my version today!
Lucy Parissi says
So glad you liked it! I have popped over : )
Kate Glutenfreealchemist says
Mmmmm. Lamb is definitely my favourite meat. This looks absolutely gorgeous. Perfect for Sunday lunch….
Sarah Fennel says
I don't know what looks better, the lamb or those beans! Stunning, Lucy!
I am all about lamb, I love it! Unfortunately for me, my family doesn't. I am sure that gremolata lifts the heavy flavour a bit that people usually complain about when it comes to lamb. The photos are beyond gorgeous…you need to start photographing for a magazine soon…you are so good!
Lucy Parissi says
I would not go that far (re:photography) there's so much more to learn!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
I have a love/hate relationship with lamb too.. I love to eat it but hate to cook it! After seeing this recipe though, I am definitely inspired to make it. This slow roasted lamb looks delicious Lucy!
belleau kitchen says
it's funny because I too have a bit of a love/hate with lamb and therefore only eat it very rarely but when I do I love it!!… your shanks look incredible and I could devour them right now… Happy New Year Lucy xxx
Umm I can't even stand how delicious this looked. I pinned this under my dinners to try and this is a must!
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Carrie Landeryou says
This looks amazing – I think I know what I'll be cooking this weekend now!
Lucy Parissi says
Hope you do Carrie – let me know how it goes!