Braised Lamb Shanks With Fresh Rosemary

"A wonderful blend of flavors- perfumes the whole house. Perfect for company, since it can be made the day before. Everyone raves about it! I've doubled and tripled the recipe with success. It's from a 1998 Bon Appetit and Recipe #50881 that I've posted goes well with this--spoon some of the veggies and sauce over the polenta. Wonderful !!"
photo by Bonnie G #2 photo by Bonnie G #2
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Ready In:
3hrs 30mins




  • Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in heavy, large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Working in batches, add lamb to pot and cook until brown on all sides, about 8 minutes.
  • Transfer to bowl.
  • Remove all but about 2 tablespoons of oil from pan.
  • Add onions, carrots, and garlic to pot and sauté till golden, about 10 minute.
  • Stir in all remaining ingredients.
  • Return lamb to pot, pressing down to submerge.
  • Bring liquid to boil, reduce heat to medium low, and cover.
  • Simmer until meat is tender, about 2 hours.
  • Uncover pot; simmer till meat is very tender, about 30 minutes.
  • (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill until cold, cover, and keep chilled. Rewarm over medium heat before continuing.) Transfer lamb to platter; tent with foil.
  • Boil juices in pot till thickened, about 15 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper and spoon over lamb.

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  1. This is restaurant quality...just incredible. I'll admit I had never cooked lamb shanks before, only chops, etc. and this was out of this world. Have made this several times now, always to rave reviews. Braising is such a great cooking method and yields very tender, flavorful results. Lamb lovers out've got to try this one! :-)
  2. Excellent recipe! I made this as directed, except for a longer cooking time while waiting for our company to arrive. The meat was tasty and was so soft it fell off the bone. I suspect the choice of wine would have an impact on the taste of this dish, even with the quantity of broth used. Haven't yet tried this with anything but Shiraz.
  3. Rarely do I go to this much trouble for a meal. However, a friend from church loves lamb and I wanted to do something special as a way of saying thanks for all she has done for me. This was also my first attempt at cooking lamb shanks. I ordered 4 lamb shanks from a local butcher shop and probably should have drained the can of diced tomatoes as this made alot more liquid than I needed. I served it with smashed yukon gold potatoes, a green salad and fresh rolls. I even sent home one of the uneaten shanks for her to enjoy. Thanks Leslie, for posting this.
  4. Sooo Goood! It was my first attempt at lamb shanks. Everyone loved it. I followed the recipe to the letter (except of substituting dry thyme for the fresh one). Thanks, Leslie.
  5. Absolutely wonderful! First time I have made lamb shanks and it was easier than I anticipated. Cooking times were perfect for the shanks and the gravy. I just wanted to keep eating this. I used a leek instead of onion (I don't like onions), and it was delicious! Thanks for a keeper.



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