Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs
Slowly simmering lamb shanks make them fork tender. The smells of rosemary and leeks make the house smell amazing. This is very easy, based on A Williams-Sonoma recipe. While shanks are called for you can make this with a whole or half leg of lamb, just increase the simmering time. I always serve this with garlic mashed potatoes and peas. MMmmmmmm.
- 1 bunch leek
- 4 lamb shanks
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 large garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons rosemary, chopped
- 1 cup white wine
- Wash leeks very well and slice crosswise, set aside. Leeks are full of grit and dirt so I wash them once they are sliced.
- Slice garlic cloved thinly.
- Trim lamb shanks of all fat and be sure to remove the "silverskin".
- Heat oil med-high in large dutch oven ( larger cuts can be done in a roaster pan and finished in the oven).
- When oil is hot but not smoking, brown meat very well on all sides, set aside.
- Turn pan down to med-low and add garlic and leeks, saute 10 minutes.
- Return shanks to pan, season with s+p and srinkle rosemary over all.
- Add wine and bring to a simmer.
- Reduce heat to low and cover for 2 1/2 hours, turning once to season second side.