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Lamb Shanks

Lamb Shanks

8oz Avg/Pkg (online only)


One frozen 8oz Lamb Shank


A lamb shank is a flavorful and tender cut of meat from the lower section of the lamb's leg. It's known for its rich taste and becomes beautifully tender when slow-cooked. The meat is surrounded by connective tissue, which breaks down during cooking, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Here's a classic recipe for Braised Lamb Shanks:

Ingredients:

  • 4 lamb shanks
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red wine (such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).
  2. Season the lamb shanks generously with salt and black pepper.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown the lamb shanks on all sides until they develop a golden crust. Remove the shanks from the pot and set them aside.
  4. In the same pot, add chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Add minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  5. Pour in the red wine and stir, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  6. Add the broth, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, and tomato paste. Stir to combine.
  7. Return the lamb shanks to the pot, nestling them into the liquid.
  8. Cover the pot with a lid and place it in the preheated oven. Cook for about 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.
  9. Once done, remove the pot from the oven. Carefully take out the lamb shanks and set them aside on a plate, covering them loosely with foil to keep warm.
  10. If the sauce is too thin, you can simmer it on the stovetop for a few minutes to reduce and thicken it.
  11. Serve the lamb shanks on a platter or individual plates, spooning the vegetable sauce over the top. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired.

This dish pairs wonderfully with mashed potatoes, creamy polenta, or crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce. Enjoy the tender, flavorful lamb shanks!