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Apr 1, 2011 01:20 PM

Lamb shank leftovers - what to do?

I'll be braising a heaping helping of lamb shanks this weekend (must clear freezer), and I know there will be lots of leftovers. Any general ideas for how to use them up?

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  1. I've never made lamb shanks in quantities big enough for leftovers, but when I have leftover lamb roast, my favorite thing to do with it is to make a lamb curry.

    Also, it's late in the season for something this hearty & the spicing of your shanks may not be right, but another good use for leftover lamb with bones is Scotch broth (a lamb soup with carrots, turnips & barley).

    1. Shepherd's Pie leaps out at me. Ideally you'd grind up the leftover meat in a meat mincer/grinder. Serve with Heinz baked beans (cold for me!) for the ne plus ultra of British classic grub,.

      Recipe paste below:

      Before we start, let us be clear and lets get it right. Shepherds pie is made with lamb, cottage pie is made with beef. Never in the history of the British isles has cheese ever come close to either. If you see cheese anywhere near a recipe for either, put it down to the USA's obsession to add cheese to anything that moves - it doesn't generally belong with meat unless you desire lead in your stomach, this said.

      1 lb lean lamb, minced
      1 large onion, sliced
      1 medium carrot, chopped
      1 stick celery, chopped
      enough beef stock to cover
      3 to 4 tsp corn starch or 2 Bisto (if you know what it is) and 1 corn starch
      2 lbs good mashing potatoes
      4 oz butter

      Let's get this right and the best way: Add minced lamb into a casserole dish, add onion, carrot, celery, beef stock, corn starch and/Bisto/corn starch, salt and pepper, to taste, and stir.
      Cook in a slow oven, say 275°F for 2 hours. You can do all this on stove top for about 20 minutes BUT the flavor is never the same.

      When complete, drain off gravy and reserve.

      Boil and mash potatoes with milk, butter, salt and pepper, however DO NOT make it into a wet paste. It should be firm and almost chunky.

      Add back enough gravy to the meat to make it moist. Gently add the potato to the top and build up. Spread with a fork, finally making fork marks both up and down and across to form a basket like pattern.

      Put oven temperature at 400°F, then bake until potato is crispy and golden on the peaks (about) 30 minutes.

      Serve with remaining gravy and steamed cabbage (preferably Savoy, if you can get it). NO CHEESE, PLEASE.

      Submitted by: Neil - a Brit

      1. Depends on your flavor profile, but that lamb would be great stuffed into pitas with shredded romaine and tomatoes and topped off with a cilantro/cucumber raita. You could do the same type thing with any prep., though. If the braising flavors aren't overt, you could also shred and re-season it, cooking just a bit more, and do a Moroccan-type thing, served over a dried-fruit-and-nut couscous or quinoa.

        1. shepherds pie is a good one...

          basically any braised meat makes a good hash.

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          1. re: j8715

            yes yes...lamb leftovers go into shepherds pie with mashed potatoes...I've never in my life heard of it served with beans per bishopsbitter's post above but what they hey, my heritage is more Scottish than's ALL good as they say.

          2. How about tucking it into something vaguely Moroccan? A tagine of sorts?