Being part Greek, I adore the flavor of lamb shanks with mint and oregano, rather than rosemary. Being lazy, I prefer this recipe to the more time- and work-intensive leg of lamb. This is a fairly rich dish that's easier than it looks, and is perfectly suited to cooler weather and cooks who are watching their budgets (lamb shanks are much less expensive than legs of lamb, freeze well, and you can easily double or triple the recipe). We like this with a tangy green salad with a simple lemon, garlic, and olive oil dressing, crusty bread, red wine, and maybe a side of pasta with parmesan or mizithra (greek grating) cheese if we're really hungry. Opa!