shank pies

  • 4 lamb shanks, trimmed
  • flour, for coating 
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • 2 onions, chopped 
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 
  • 2½ cups (625ml) dry red wine 
  • 2 cups (500ml) beef stock 
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary 
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch) 
  • 2 tablespoons water 
  • 1 quantity (350g) shortcrust pastry (see recipe)
  1. Coat the shanks with flour and shake off the excess. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Cook the shanks for 3 minutes each side or until well browned. Remove and set aside. 
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 3 minutes or until soft. Return the shanks to the pan with the wine and stock. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. 
  3. Add the carrot, parsnip and rosemary. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until the shanks are tender. 
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Divide the shanks and vegetables (no sauce) between 4 x 1½ cup capacity dishes. Mix the cornflour and water to a paste and stir into the sauce. Cook the sauce, stirring, until it boils and thickens. Pour over the shanks. 
  5. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to 3 mm (1/8 in) thick. Cut four pastry rounds and fit over the dishes, cutting a hole for the shank bone. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Serves 4.
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