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"There are very few thing as tasty as slow cooked lamb shanks." Those are the comments from the the cook who originally submitted the recipe. I adopted this recipe. Let's have some fun and try this one. The reviewers seem to have liked it!
- 6 lamb shanks, about 14 ounces each
- salt and pepper
- 1 onion
- 1 large turnip (or rutabega)
- 1 carrot
- 2 celery ribs
- 1 head garlic
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1 bunch thyme
- 1 rosemary sprig
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1 teaspoon coriander seed
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorn
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 parsley sprigs
- 1 (750 ml) bottle dry white wine
- 1 quart water or 1 quart chicken broth or 1 quart lamb stock
- chopped parsley (to garnish) (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
- Rub the shanks with salt and pepper, then place them meaty-side up in a roasting pan.
- Roast for 25 minutes, or until nicely browned.
- Remove from oven.
- Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees.
- Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the vegetables and garlic and saute, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables soften, then caramelize.
- Stir in the thyme, rosemary, fennel and coriander seeds, the peppercorns, bay leaf and parsley.
- Increase the heat to high, add the wine and deglaze the pan, scraping up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Boil until the liquid has reduced by one third.
- Pour over the lamb, spreading the vegetables over, but not completely covering, the shanks.
- Add enough of the water, chicken broth or lamb stock to almost cover the meat.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and roast for 7 hours, basting with the pan juices every hour or so, and adding liquid as needed.
- Remove the foil during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
- At this point, the lamb should be fork-tender and falling off the bone.
- Remove the shanks from the pan and let cool to room temperature.
- Strain the braising liquid, pushing on the vegetables to get all of their goodness and skim off the fat. Best to refrigerate overnight and skim off the solidified fat.
- When ready to serve, slowly reheat the shanks in the braising liquid.
- To serve, roast your favorite root vegetables and spoon onto serving plates, center a lamb shank on each plate and spoon a little of the braising liquid over the top.
- Garnish with parsley, if desired.