Braised Lamb Shanks

Braised Lamb Shanks

This might be one of my favorite meals. Braised lamb shanks are tender, full of flavor and easy to prepare. They are also reasonably priced. Because the shanks can be tough, they need a longer cook, with liquid, to get really tender. That is what braising is. They can be cooked faster in a pressure cooker, when time is an issue.

Recently a friend and I decided to make them for dinner. We ended up cooking them for about 2½ hours. They were perfectly tender. You can cook them longer, if you like. They really are simple to make. Yes, they take a while to cook, but once in the oven you don’t need to do anything but wait. We ended up using the cooking liquid to make a sauce. I just used an immersion blender to puree the veggies and cooking liquid. It tasted so good.

So here is the recipe for lamb shanks.

Braised Lamb Shanks 

3 lamb shanks 

2 T. oil 

2 large onions, chopped 

2 large carrots, chopped 

1 rib celery, chopped 

4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped

4 cups stock- lamb or beef preferred 

½ c. sherry or red wine 

2 T. curry powder

Salt and pepper 

Cayenne pepper to taste 

In Dutch oven brown the lamb shanks in oil until browned. Remove from the pan, add the vegetables and brown them for about five minutes. Return shanks to the pot. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Add sherry and seasonings. Place lid on pot and place in a preheated 350-degree oven for 2½- 3 hours. Check them after 90 minutes and add a little more stock, if needed. It is normal for some of the stock to cook down. I did not add more stock. Remove pan from the oven. Remove shanks and keep warm. Puree the vegetable mixture to make a gravy. Adjust seasonings. Serves 2-3.  

Ready for stock
Served with lentils and brown rice
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