You can use a Merlot in this recipe, but
any full-bodied red wine, like Cabernet Sauvignon, will give
the sauce the right deep flavor.
Lamb Shanks Braised
in Red Wine
- 6 lamb shanks, about 1 1/4 pounds each
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons crushed black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
8 cups homemade or low-salt canned chicken or vegetable stock
3 cups dry red wine, (about 1 bottle)
2 heads garlic, halved crosswise
4 ribs celery, cut into large dice
4 carrots, cut into large dice
1 large onion, peeled and cut into about 8 wedges
1 cup thickly sliced mushrooms
5 (3-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
- Heat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Season the shanks with salt and freshly
ground black pepper.
- In a large, high-sided ovenproof pot,
heat the oil until barely smoking. Sear the shanks in batches
on all sides until golden brown. Put all the shanks in the pot;
add the peppercorns, bay leaves, stock, wine, garlic, celery,
carrots, onion, and mushrooms. Put the pot in the oven and cook,
turning the shanks every 1/2 hour, until the meat is very tender
but still on the bone, about 2 hours.
- Remove the shanks and some mushrooms and
onions and cover them with foil. Strain the braising liquid into
a medium saucepan, degrease carefully, and simmer gently until
its flavor is intensified and its volume is reduced by about
a third. Serve the shanks on top of the white bean purée;
ladle the sauce over the lamb. Serve some of the mushrooms and
onions on the side.
Makes 6 servings.
Cooking Tip: If making ahead, refrigerate
the shanks and cooking liquid separately. Before reheating, remove
the fat from the liquid. Put the shanks and the liquid in a covered
roasting pan in a 400°F (220°C) oven for about 20 minutes.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy
of the California Sheep Commission.