A wonderful blend of flavors- perfumes the whole house. Perfect for company, since it can be made the day before. Everyone raves about it! I've doubled and tripled the recipe with success. It's from a 1998 Bon Appetit and Baked Polenta With Garlic that I've posted goes well with this--spoon some of the veggies and sauce over the polenta. Wonderful !!
- 6 lamb shanks (I have also used leg of lamb, ask the butcher to cut it in 1 1/2 in. slices or use a cut-up boneless)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch thick rounds
- 10 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (750 ml) bottle dry red wine (Sangiovese is good)
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can low sodium chicken broth
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can beef broth
- 5 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper.
- Heat oil in heavy, large pot over medium-high heat.
- Working in batches, add lamb to pot and cook until brown on all sides, about 8 minutes.
- Transfer to bowl.
- Remove all but about 2 tablespoons of oil from pan.
- Add onions, carrots, and garlic to pot and sauté till golden, about 10 minute.
- Stir in all remaining ingredients.
- Return lamb to pot, pressing down to submerge.
- Bring liquid to boil, reduce heat to medium low, and cover.
- Simmer until meat is tender, about 2 hours.
- Uncover pot; simmer till meat is very tender, about 30 minutes.
- (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill until cold, cover, and keep chilled. Rewarm over medium heat before continuing.) Transfer lamb to platter; tent with foil.
- Boil juices in pot till thickened, about 15 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper and spoon over lamb.
This is restaurant quality...just incredible. I'll admit I had never cooked lamb shanks before, only chops, etc. and this was out of this world. Have made this several times now, always to rave reviews. Braising is such a great cooking method and yields very tender, flavorful results. Lamb lovers out there...you've got to try this one! :-)
Excellent recipe! I made this as directed, except for a longer cooking time while waiting for our company to arrive. The meat was tasty and was so soft it fell off the bone. I suspect the choice of wine would have an impact on the taste of this dish, even with the quantity of broth used. Haven't yet tried this with anything but Shiraz.