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Braised Lamb Shanks

Braised Lamb Shanks

Old 05-06-2023, 12:45 PM
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This is the time of year that we see lamb on sale in the grocery store. I buy it because I love lamb, even though I'm trying to eat less meat and dairy. Plus, it can be expensive, but not lamb shanks. (They are the lower part of the leg, complete with a large bone.) They're probably the cheapest cut available, but so delicious. Here's a super easy way to make them.

2 to 4 shanks
3 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
3 ribs of celery, chopped
2 bay leaves
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 jar of marinara sauce
2-3 cups of red wine
2-3 cups of veggie, or chicken stock
herbs of choice, s/a thyme, rosemary, sage, etc.

Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven that has a lid and is oven safe.
Wash and dry the shanks and season with S&P.
Brown the shanks over medium heat in the oil until browned on all sides, then remove to a plate.
Put all of the chopped veggies in the pot with the oil and browned bits and cook until tender
Stir in the jar of marinara sauce, wine and stock to the pot
Add the shanks to the pot. Cover and cook at 400 degrees f for about 2 hours
Remove the cover and cook for another half hour, or until the meat is just starting to fall off the bone.

Serve over a dish of polenta, homemade noodles, rice...it's your choice.
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Old 05-07-2023, 04:52 AM
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Thanks! I have been searching for cabrito recipes. The best I could find basically said to cook slow and low in liquid. So I used a can of Campbell's French Onion soup. I will try this.
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Old 05-07-2023, 01:13 PM
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I love Lamb however it is cooked!
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Old 05-07-2023, 01:17 PM
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BTW...the marinara sauce should just be the plain kind..nothing exotic like roasted garlic, or cheesy, etc. It cooks down with the wine and broth and becomes very concentrated. You can also use canned chopped tomatoes and a small can of tomato paste if you don't have marinara.
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