Braised Lamb in Red Wine; help needed, please

Slow-cooking lamb in wine is typical all over France.

But this is not a slow cooker recipe…. This is a stove-top recipe.

One has to shake things up a bit from time to time.

This uses red wine, similar to the version made in Avignon. The original recipe calls for the lamb to be  slowly baked for 5 hours in a 350F (180C) oven; I opted for a slow braise on the stove-top.  After 2 hours the flavors have blended perfectly and the lamb melts in your mouth.

Maybe next time I’ll do it in the slow cooker…..

Braised Lamb in Red Wine

Total time: 2 hours


  • 14oz (420gr) lamb, shoulder or leg  pieces are fine, buy a bit more if there is bone – but the bone adds flavor
  • 1 onion
  • 4 shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3oz (90gr) bacon
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) red wine, something hearty – Cote du Rhone, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 tsp beef paste, granules or 1 stock cube
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 4 bay (laurel) leaves
  • 1 tbs maizena (cornstarch) dissolved in 2 tbs water

Braised Lamb in Red Wine


  • Roughly chop bacon.
  • Cut onion into quarters, then slice.
  • Slice shallots.
  • Mince garlic.
  • Cut lamb into 1 1/2″ (4cm) pieces and trim excess fat.
  • Heat oil in a heavy pot or Dutch oven with tight-fitting lid. Add bacon and sauté until starting to get crisp.
  • Add onion, shallots, garlic and sauté until tender.
  • Add lamb and lightly brown.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, except cornstarch, and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, turn heat to low and braise for 90 minute
  • Uncover, stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened,
  • Serve lamb with onions/shallots and pan juices.

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It has come to my attention (after declaiming on things that irritate me about other peoples’ blogs) that there is something irritating happening on this blog.

For that I apologize and plead ignorance.

It seems that there are ads appearing over the content of my posts that are difficult or impossible to close or move.

I see them all the time on other sites and my experience is that a simple click on the X in the corner makes them disappear – although sometimes one has to wait 3 seconds.

I have never seen them on my sites…. I assume it’s because the advertiser I use doesn’t have any ads to show on this side of the pond.

Could you please tell me if you have run into this on my blog?

Is it also a problem for you?

Could you tell me what the product is that is being so rudely pushed?

I have had strange things happen in the past to some, but not all readers and a little more info is a great help in getting it sorted out.

A few years ago I was seeing ads for mail-order brides and / or girls in general, very scantily clad, I might add, from Russia.

Yes, from Russia…. long before 2016.

I told the people running the ad program, which was supposed to be all food related, and they were properly appalled.

Or so they said….

Those ads weren’t being seen in the US but were seen in Europe and Canada.

The ads stopped.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Last update on February 16, 2018

15 thoughts on “Braised Lamb in Red Wine; help needed, please”

  1. Right now, I’m looking at several Craftsy ads – since they have cooking classes, I suppose they’re “food related”. The ad that pops up and covers the post – I closed it so fast it didn’t register what it was for. And now Discover & AARP ads are popping up along the bottom. None of them are overly intrusive, just annoying, and not as bad as some sites.

  2. Honestly, I have to make sure my uBlock Origin is on when I’m on your site. If it’s not, your site is unreadable for me. The ads skew the screen something awful and if I watch the bottom of the screen on the left, on Chrome, it shows site after site after site that is trying to connect. uBlock Origin shows a tracker of how many requests are made to connect. It will count each request, regardless of the IP so the request might come many times from the same ad site, but the counter has hit 2000 before when I’ve spent any length of time here.

    This sucks for two reasons. Of course, you want the ad revenue which I’m denying you by using an ad blocker, but if I don’t use the ad blocker, I can’t see your site anyway in which case, you still lose the ad revenue. 🙁

    I’m sorry.

  3. I have resorted to using Adblocker because I was getting so frustrated with all the ads. Whilst reading this and having some conversation with my husband on the side, it has clocked up over 2500!

    I will definitely be trying the lamb recipe.

    Now up to nearly 3000.

  4. The only ads I’ve seen on your blog have stayed obediently on the sidebar or in the bottom margin. I’m happy to report that they have always been food related.

    But. I’d like to lodge a complaint about this recipe. I know that some people think lamb is food – my husband and two of my sisters are three of them – but it’s my feeling that this recipe is a terrible waste of bacon, onions, herbs, and red wine. But, replace the lamb with duck, or pork, or chicken, or beef and now you’re talking!

    (I’ve tried and tried to like lamb. I really have.)

  5. Hi there. I love your site. I used to be a paid subscriber before. Like other commenters I use and ad blocker. Right now its counting to 750 and continuing.

  6. I have once or twice had the difficult to close ad pop up on here but most of the time the ads stay obediently unobtrusive in the side bar and on the bottom. Right now the bottom one has been switching from samsung when I started reading to onieda to mercedes

  7. Thanks, everyone, for all of your help. I think I have the problem figured out but the person I need to talk to at the publisher site is out of the office until Tuesday… So I’m going to Barcelona to visit friends – until Tuesday lol. I’ll answer all your comments when I get back…;-)

    • It should work fine with lamb shanks, and, depending on size may only need a little longer braising time – or not at all. There, that was helpful, wasn’t it? My lamb shanks be small so I would cook it about the same.

  8. To everyone giving me problem reports: I have asked that the overlay ad (covering the post) be discontinued and that the banner ad (top of page) be made to stay in place. I hope that those 2 things will fix the issue.
    As to the ad blocker’s showing multiple hits – yes, that’s because the same ad just keeps pinging trying to get through.
    I would love not to have ads, but the costs of hosting and software keep going up every year so I try to at least break even on it all 😉 An extra bottle of wine never hurts either
    Thanks again for your help.

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