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Lamb Shanks and Potatoes


Take it easy: Your slow cooker or oven can work delicious magic with our lamb dinner to fix and forget.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, December 2006


  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3 strips orange zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 1/2 pounds lamb shanks, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 1/4 pounds small new potatoes, scrubbed well, halved (or quartered, if large)


In the Slow Cooker

  1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, stir together tomatoes and puree, tomato paste, jam, garlic, orange zest, rosemary, ginger, and cinnamon. Season with salt and pepper. Add lamb and potatoes, stirring to combine.

  2. Cover, and cook on low for 8 hours (or on high for 5 hours), until lamb and potatoes are tender. Season again with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve.

In the Oven

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Follow step 1 (above), using a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot with a tight fitting lid instead of the slow cooker. Add 2 cups water, and cover. Transfer to oven; cook until lamb and potatoes are tender, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Cook's Notes

Lengthy slow cooking breaks down the tough tissue that runs through this front-leg cut; the result is drop-off-the-bone tenderness in every bite.

Reviews Add a comment

  • mcanol1hotmail
    26 MAY, 2015
    We really like this recipe in our house. It's easy to prepare, and the results are fantastic. The recipe is flexible. We usually add a little more tomato sauce and use heaping measurements for the spices. We add cauliflower to get a vegetable in and sop up the sauce with bread, naan, or pita. I make it a lot. It is my go to lamb recipe.
  • MBS4174
    3 JAN, 2009
    this recipe was good for a beginner lamb chef, which i am. it was tasty, but not exciting. i would possibly make it again.
  • krisx2
    22 JUL, 2008
    I thought this recipe was just okay. The tomato overpowered the other flavors so it was like eating lamb and potatos in tomato sauce. It could also use more stew vegetables, like carrots. If you have lamb shanks, you can do a lot better than this recipe.
  • sarahisayshi
    1 JUL, 2008
    This is super-easy and a great dish for introducing picky eaters to lamb!