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Pot-Roasted Lamb Shanks with Polenta and Sprouts

by | August 9, 2017
Pot-Roasted Lamb Shanks with Polenta and Sprouts

Make the most of the last days of winter with this mod-Italian slow-cooked lamb shank recipe by by Iceberg Dining Room and Bar's chef Monty Koludrovic.

Best enjoyed with Hungerford Hill 2015 Classic Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon. Delicious!


Lamb Shanks

  • 2 tbs white peppercorns, ground
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 rosemary sprig, finely chopped
  • 2 thyme sprigs, finely chopped
  • 4 forequarter lamb shanks (ask your butcher)
  • 2/3 cup (165ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (50g) plain flour
  • 1 each large onion and carrot, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 11/2 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 cup (250ml) red wine
  • 1L (4 cups) beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • Flat-leaf parsley and basil leaves, to serve


  • 1L (4 cups) vegetable stock
  • 110g polenta (we used Woolworths Macro polenta)
  • 100g unsalted butter, chopped

Fried Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 cup (250ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 450g Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 long red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup (50g) salted capers, rinsed, drained
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Combine white pepper, garlic, rosemary, thyme and 1 tbs salt in a bowl. Rub all over lamb shanks and set aside for at least one 1 hour to marinate or chill overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C. Roughly wipe rub from the lamb shanks. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based frypan over medium heat. Dust each lamb shank in flour, shaking off excess, then cook, turning, for 8-10 minutes until browned all over.
  3. Transfer to a roasting pan. Add onion, carrot, celery and fennel to the frypan. Cook, stirring, for 8 minutes or until slightly softened. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, then add red wine and cook, scraping the bottom of the pan with a spoon, for 1 minute or until reduced by half.
  4. Add the stock and bay leaf, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until slightly reduced. Pour liquid over lamb, then cover surface of roasting pan with a piece of baking paper.
  5. Cover pan tightly with foil. Roast for 1 hour, then remove from oven and turn lamb. Cover and return to oven for a further 1 hour or until the meat is almost falling off the bone. Remove foil and baking paper. Increase heat to 200°C and cook, turning every 10 minutes, for a further 40 minutes or until the sauce is slightly reduced and lamb is glazed.
  6. Meanwhile, for the polenta, place the stock in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil, then very slowly pour in the polenta, whisking constantly (only whisk in 1 direction, this will help reduce clumping). Reduce heat to very low, then whisk in the butter and cook, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes or until soft and creamy. Season. Remove from heat.
  7. For the Brussels sprouts, heat the oil in a frypan over high heat until almost smoking. Carefully add half the sprouts and fry for 1 minute or until outter leaves are crisp and centre is soft. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Repeat with remaining sprouts.
  8. Add chilli and garlic to pan, and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Turn off the heat, return all the sprouts to the pan and toss with capers and lemon juice. Set aside.
  9. When ready to serve, remove the lamb from roasting pan. Set aside and keep warm. Strain the reduced liquid into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes or until reduced and thickened. Add butter and whisk until smooth.
  10. Serve lamb shanks with polenta and sprouts and top with parsley and basil.

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