Italian Style Lamb Shank Cabernet Stew

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Italian Style Lamb Shank Cabernet Stew is one of my favorite meals when it's a little chilly out!

Lamb is a favorite of mine. Either you love it or you hate it! I just love the flavor, tenderness that comes along with slow cooking and what a fine wine can do to enhance the flavor of a dish.
This one with Cabernet is just a perfect blend of flavors...
Hope you try this just once to see how delicious this lamb is.

A wonderful stew with bold flavors

I really look forward to this meal every time I make it!

4 small to medium sized lamb shanks
8 to 9 cloves of garlic, peeled and left whole
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 potatoes cubed
1 cup of fresh or canned finger carrots ( canned pea's and green cut beans go well also)
1 can of peas added at the end of cooking
1/2 teaspoon of coarse ground pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
6 tablespoons of olive oil
1 small  4 oz can of tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon oregano, basil, and rosemary
1- 1/2 cup of Cabernet wine
2  cup of canned beef stock or chicken I have used both
fresh parsley
 In a large electric fryer or large dutch oven pan for the stove top, pour oil to heat in pan.  Place lamb shanks in the hot oil  salt and pepper. Saute so that all sides are browned evenly then add the fresh cleaned garlic cloves cook till golden.

Add the Cabernet wine and the spices. Reduce wine to cook for 2 minutes and then add beef or chicken stock. Cook for about ten more minutes. Now either simmer in your large electric fry pan on lowest setting for an hour and half or put  into a large roaster pan and bake at low temperature of  300.

Note: you can also place in a slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours.

 Add potatoes and other vegetables. Slow cook in the oven (or which ever method you prefer) for same amount of time or until vegetables are soft.  Right about 1/2 hour before this is done, add one can of peas or 2 cups of fresh peas.
Slice the lamb shanks off the bone and either place meat and vegetables over rice or boiled pasta and lots of Italian crusty bread...this is tender, full of flavor and a great dish for the fall and winter months. My kids love the sauce over mashed potatoes. There are cubed potatoes are already in the stew but for all those potato lovers out there carry on!


  1. Beautiful Lamb shanks Claudia! I hope your holiday season is going smoothly i know there's a lot of pressure in your retail environment. Look like you still have enough time to make this delicious treat, slow cookers are a godsend. :)cheers -Kimberly

  2. This dish would be perfect for my father. I make him happy if I cook it for him. Bye, have a good day

  3. Even though I love lamb, I have never tried the shanks. Most likely because I never came across a recipe. Your recipe here does look well worth trying, especially because you can use a slow cooker. I wish you a wonderful day in the retail world!

  4. I ate my first lamb shank in Ireland a couple of weeks ago. Now I have a recipe so I can make lamb shanks on my own. Now to find a lamb.

  5. That's a beautiful and hearty looking pot!

  6. This does look like a very hearty dish. I love stew - especially as the weather starts to get colder and colder.

  7. So delicious. I've never cooked lamb, and I really need to try that out. I can see some smoked lamb coming next summer when it warms up here.

  8. Picture perfect lamb. This will be on my stove sometime this winter - love this dish! Making your broccoli soup tonight!

  9. Oh, my husband would be in heaven if he came home to a pot of your delicious lamb!!! YUM. I meant to let you know that I posted my version of your yummy French silk pie today....SO good! Thanks for the inspiration...and all the help you've given me lately! xo

  10. Melt in your mouth stuff this is. Bet it smells amazing. Love it.

  11. That looks amazing! I bet it just falls apart on your tongue with tenderness. The cabernet must add such a rich note to the stew, too :)

  12. I'm with you--I love lamb! This looks like such a classic version of Italian lamb shanks. Buzzed.

  13. This is such a wonderful way to prepare lamb shank! Perfect fora cold day!

  14. Mmmm I bet this dish is amazing in this cold weather! Nice and hearty! Great recipe. :)

  15. I need to make this for Bill ASAP!!!

  16. Is '12 teaspoon garlic powder' a typo and should be 1/2 tsp ? If not, ít should be 12 teaspoons' Thanks for the recipe, can't wait to make it !

    1. thanks for being a great cook and figuring it out! I fixed it!


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