Any regular readers of this blog will know that in the colder months, when I can light the oven in Spain (or pretty much any time in England) I am a huge fan of slow cooked comfort food.
In Spain we often eat pork shanks, in England we got to enjoy lamb instead. Here´s a simple recipe that is great for those cold winter days or nights and also a useful dish for entertaining as it can be prepared ahead and then forgotten about for several hours before serving.
Ingredients (to serve 2 people, easily doubled)
- Two lamb shanks
- 1 can (400g approx) of borlotti beans
- About 1 cup of chopped tomatoes (tinned are fine at this time of year)
- A sprig of rosemary
- 4 cloves of crushed garlic
- A glass of red wine
- A teaspoon of olive oil
- A teaspoon of tomato purée
- Salt & Pepper
Mix all the ingredients (except the meat) together and season, pour them over the lamb using a deep oven proof dish. Cover with a lid or wrap tightly in foil and cook in a low oven for about 4 hours.
Serve with creamy mashed potato and make sure to finish that wine you opened to make the dish.