Delicious recipe for Moroccan Lamb shank Tagine with Ras el Hanout and apricots.

6 lamb shanks rubbed generously with ras-el-hanout
1.5 cups finely chopped celery, with leaves
3 large carrots, chopped
6 red onions, finely sliced
6 garlic cloves, chopped
9 Tbsp olive oil
6 Tbsp ras el hanout
3 sticks cinnamon
6 cups lamb stock<br />
3 cups dried apricots
2 preserved lemons, quartered
salt and pepper

How to
In a very large heavy-bottomed pot, heat half the olive oil. Add the chopped celery, onion, carrot, garlic and spices. Fry for a few minutes to soften.

In a separate large heavy frying pan, heat the remaining oil and add lamb shanks two or three at a time and brown a little on all sides, turning with tongs as necessary. As they brown, transfer the shanks to the pot with the vegetables.

Add stock (enough to cover shanks) and bring to the boil. Then turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 2 hours. Check the liquid level occasionally and do not allow to dry out. Add salt & pepper as necessary.

Add the dried apricots and preserved lemon wedges to the pot, then simmer for another 45 mins. To thicken sauce, remove shanks and stir in a little cornflour (cornstarch) mixed with water.

Serve immediately on jewelled couscous.

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