1/1 Photo of Braised Lamb Shanks in Orange-Merlot Sauce (Passover)
3 hrs 30 mins
From Reform Judaism magazine, Spring 2007. "Since leg of lamb is technically not kosher (because the sciatic nerve runs through it), lamb shanks are the meat of choice when you want a flavorful lamb dish on your seder table. Slowly braising the shanks in an aromatic liquid flavored with kosher wine yields a moist, tender, fall-off-the-bone delicacy". This requires at least 2 hours (to overnight) marination. FYI-in Israel, and in some other parts of the world, the sciatic nerve is removed from the leg of lamb by butchers thus making it kosher! It is not kosher in the United States.
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- 2 -4 lamb shanks
- 2 teaspoons basil, finely minced
- 2 teaspoons oregano, finely minced
- 2 teaspoons rosemary, finely minced
- 1 cup orange juice (can use the juice of 2 oranges)
- 1 whole orange, zest of
- 2 1/2 cups merlot
- 4 -6 garlic cloves, minced
- fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth, can use water
- 1Combine the basil, oregano, rosemary, orange juice, orange zest, Merlot and garlic and pour over the rinsed lamb shanks in a wide glass dish (shanks should be in a single layer).
- 2Turn the shanks to coat and cover.
- 3Marinate 2 hours at room temperature, turning the meat every half hour or marinate in the refrigerator, turning meat occasionally.
- 4Remove the shanks from the marinade and dry them with paper towels. Reserve the marinade.
- 5Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- 6Season the lamb with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- 7Heat a large skillet over high heat for 20 seconds. Add the olive oil and heat for 10 seconds then lower the heat to medium-high and add the lamb shanks.
- 8Cook each side for approximately 2 minutes until browned on all sides.
- 9Place shanks in a single layer in a casserole dish and pour the chicken stock into the hot pan.
- 10Scrape up any meat particles, add them to the reserved marinade and pour over the shanks in the casserole and cover with a lid (use foil if no lid).
- 11Put casserole in the preheated oven and immediately reduce the heat to 350 degrees F. (The hot oven will sear the meat initially, but the mixture needs to cook at a lower temperature or the meat will toughen.).
- 12Roast for 45 minutes then baste and cook for another 1-1 1/2 hours, or until the meat is very tender and easily pulls away from the bone.
- 13If the liquid has reduced greatly, add 1/2 cup of water to the pan.
- 14Remove the shanks to a serving platter and keep warm.
- 15If the gravy is too watery, boil the liquid down 5-10 minutes, or until it is the consistency of tomato sauce.
- 16Drizzle some of the sauce over the shanks and serve.
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Nutritional Facts for Braised Lamb Shanks in Orange-Merlot Sauce (Passover)
Serving Size: 1 (414 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 527.2
- Calories from Fat 216
- Total Fat 24.0 g
- Saturated Fat 7.9 g
- Cholesterol 121.0 mg
- Sodium 112.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 12.0 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
- Sugars 6.2 g
- Protein 37.4 g
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