A great pulled meat recipe from starchefs "rising star" Nick Oltarsh. A chiffonade essentially means roll up the herb (Mint in this case) into a tube and slice it thinly. This gives a fine julienne of the mint.
Preheat oven to 300ºF. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Oil a small casserole dish, place lamb snugly inside, and heat over a medium-high flame. Sear lamb shanks until brown on all sides.
Remove from the dish and put aside, then brown the onions, carrot, and celery in the pan used for the lamb. Add the garlic, thyme, red wine and red wine vinegar and reduce by half.
Add the chicken stock and tomato paste, return the seared lamb shanks to the dish, and bring the liquid to a boil. Cover the casserole tightly with aluminum foil and braise in the oven for 2½-3 hours or until tender.
When the shanks are cool enough, carefully remove the meat from the bone. Discard the bones, strain the braising liquid, and discard the cooked vegetables and cooked herbs.
Heat the meat in a sauté pan with ½ cup of the strained braising liquid. Add the butter and red wine vinegar. Reduce the liquid and meat until the liquid is thick and saucy.
To Assemble and Serve:
Brush the bread with olive oil and grill. Place the warm pulled lamb in a bowl and sprinkle the raw onions and mint on top. Serve the grilled bread and a generous dollop of creme fraiche on a separate plate.