Brown the lamb to give this dish a really great flavour – it’s easy to make and you can freeze it too.
- 2tbsp sunflower oil
- 4 lamb shanks
- 2 leeks, washed and sliced
- 200g (7oz) pearl barley
- 2 tbsp mint sauce
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 litre (1¾ pints) lamb stock
- 300g (10oz) frozen peas
Set the oven to gas mark 2 or 150°C.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the lamb shanks. Cook over a high heat for about 5-8 mins, turning the lamb regularly until it’s browned on all sides. Remove the shanks from the pan and place in a casserole dish.
Add the leeks and pearl barley to the casserole dish. Stir the mint sauce and seasoning into the stock and then pour it into the dish. Cover and place the dish in the centre of the oven and cook for 2½ hours, until the lamb is just tender.
Add the peas to the casserole, and return to the oven for a further 15-20 mins, or until the peas are hot. Serve immediately.
If you're short of time, browning the lamb (step 2) can be omitted, but the meat does have a better flavour if it's browned first. Don't fry it for too long or it may become tough. To freezeOmit the peas. Leave the casserole to cool, pack into a suitable container and freeze. Use within 1 month. Defrost before reheating. Add peas when reheating. It may be necessary to add a little boiling water when reheating.