Lamb Shanks with Star Anise & Sweet Potato

Lamb shanks with star anise & sweet potato

Slow cooked lamb shanks are paired with fragrant star anise and sweet potato providing a wholesome and satisfying winter meal.

Ingredients (4 to 6 servings)

4 trimmed lamb shanks

2 red onions, halved, thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 tbs finely grated fresh ginger

3 whole star anise

1 cinnamon stick

1 tbs no-added-salt tomato paste

250ml (1 cup) chicken stock

250ml (1 cup) water

400g can diced tomatoes

400g sweet potato, peeled, cut into 2cm cubes

2 tsp tamari

2 tsp lime juice

Baby coriander leaves, to serve

Steamed broccolini, to serve


Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan forced. Heat a large flameproof casserole dish over high heat. Spray with olive oil. Cook lamb shanks in 2 batches for 1-2 minutes each side or until browned. Transfer to a plate.

Reduce heat to medium. Spray casserole dish with olive oil. Add onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic, ginger, star anise and cinnamon and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic. Stir in tomato paste for 1 minute. Add lamb shanks, stock, water and tomato to pan. Bring to boil. Cover.

Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Add sweet potato. Bake, covered, for a further 1 hour or until lamb is very tender. Stir in tamari and lime juice. Season with pepper. Sprinkle with coriander. Serve with broccolini.

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