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Braised lamb shanks with red wine, garlic and rosemary

Winter Warmer: Turn an everyday lamb casserole into a luscious family feast with this herby creation made with Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured lamb shanks. Slowly cooked and served with creamy champ it’s sure to be a weekly favourite.
Serves 4
Prep Time 25 mins
Cooking Time 3.5 hours
Oven temperature Pre-heat to 150ºC/300ºF/gas mark 2
Always wash your hands after handling raw meat
•2 tbsp. olive oil
•4 x 400g Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured lamb shanks
•1 small onion, chopped
•1 large carrot, chopped
•3 fresh bay leaves, torn
•6 fresh rosemary sprigs
•2 garlic cloves, crushed
•4 fresh thyme sprigs
•700ml lamb or beef stock
•250ml red wine
•2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
•2 teaspoons redcurrant jelly
•1200g floury potatoes
•8 large scallions
•200ml semi skimmed milk
•45g butter
•Salt and pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large, wide pan with a lid over a medium heat. Season the lamb shanks and brown in the pan for 8-10 minutes. Remove and set on a plate while you add the onion and carrot to the pan and cook for 8 minutes, stirring, until golden brown. Add the bay leaves, rosemary, garlic, thyme and return the shanks to the pan. Pour in the stock and red wine and heat until just bubbling. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and bake for 3 hours, until the meat is tender.
To make the champ, peel and quarter the potatoes. Place them in a large pan, cover with salted water and bring to the boil. Simmer until just cooked. While the potatoes are cooking, wash and finely chop the spring onions. Combine the milk and butter in a small pan and bring to the boil.

Put the chopped scallions into the boiling mixture, then remove from the heat and let them infuse. They will soften and flavour the milk. Drain the potatoes, cover the pan and let it sit for about 2 minutes. Mash the potatoes, stir in the milk and scallions until smooth and creamy. Taste and add salt if necessary.

Transfer the shanks to a dish, cover loosely with foil and rest while you make the sauce. Skim off and discard the fat from the surface of the liquid, strain and discard the vegetables and herbs. Bring the sauce to the boil, reduce the temperature and simmer for a few minutes until thickened, finally add the chopped parsley and redcurrant jelly.
Divide the lamb shanks between 4 serving plates, spoon over the red wine sauce and serve with creamy champ and roasted cherry tomatoes.

The Perfect Steak

Family Favourite: How to make the perfect steak whether it be fillet, ribeye, sirloin or rump.
Serves 2
Prep Time 1 min
Cooking Time 6 mins + resting time (minimum 5mins)
Oven temperature Pre-heat to 180ºC/350ºF/gas mark 4, a frying pan is also required
Always wash your hands after handling raw meat

•2 x 300g Northern Ireland Quality Assured Sirloin or Rib eye steaks
•Olive oil
•Salt and cracked black pepper

The key to a perfect steak is cooking at a high temperature for a short time. The steak must be at room temperature, so remove from the fridge 45 minutes before cooking. Pre heat the oven. Season and rub the steaks with a little salt, pepper and olive oil. Heat a frying pan until it’s very hot. Sear the steaks for 1 minute on either side, then transfer to an oven tray and place in a hot oven. Cook for 4 minutes for medium rare, a further minute for medium or 2 – 3 minutes for well done. Remove the steaks from the oven, cover with tin foil and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes. Serve with salad and crusty bread.
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Four Golden Steak Rules
•Make sure the steaks are Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured
•Remove the steaks from the fridge 45 minutes before cooking.
•The frying pan must be very hot.
•Always allow the steaks to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

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