One of Mary Wilson's main courses on the RTÉ One series 'The Restaurant'.


  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 10 shallots (peeled and halved)
  • 1 celeriac (peeled and chopped)
  • 3 carrots (trimmed and sliced)
  • 3 celery sticks (trimmed and sliced)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and crushed)
  • 200 ml red wine
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 700 g new potatoes
  • salt and black pepper


  • Pre-heat oven to 170ºC (Gas 3).
  • Place the shallots, carrots, celery and garlic in a large casserole pot.
  • Place the lamb shanks on top of the vegetables and pour the red wine over them.
  • Toss in the thyme and season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Cover the pot with a lid and cook the lamb in a hot oven for least 2-3 hours, when ready the meat will come away from the bone easily.
  • Remove the shanks from the pot and place on an oven tray and roast in the oven for another 10 minutes at 200ºC (Gas 6) to finish off.
  • Meanwhile, strain the liquid from the roasting tray into a pot and place over a medium heat until the liquid reduces to a sauce consistency.
  • Serve a lamb shank with a selection of the braised root vegetables and drizzle with the reduced cooking juices.

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