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Braised Lamb Shanks with Garlic-Rosemary Paste

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Active Time:  55 Minutes
Total Time:  3 Hours 30 Minutes
  Serves 6
A red onion, fennel and Kalamata olive salad is a lively starter to this elegant entree. Serve the shanks over white beans, white rice or a garlicky potato gratin alongside caramelized carrots. A California Syrah or a spicy Oregon Pinot Noir would be an excellent companion to these lamb shanks.
6 plump anchovy fillets packed in salt
20 garlic cloves, peeled
1 shallot, peeled, halved
Fresh rosemary leaves from 2 large sprigs
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dry white wine or vermouth
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 meaty lamb shanks (about 1 pound each)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Grated peel of 1 lemon
Cooked white rice (optional)
Caramelized Carrots (see recipe above; optional)
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Soak anchovy filets in warm water for 5 minutes. Drain; pat dry. Combine anchovies, garlic, shallot and rosemary leaves in mini food processor and blend until almost smooth. Add 1/4 cup wine and 2 tablespoons oil; blend until thick paste forms. Season garlic paste to taste with salt and black pepper. Set aside.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large casserole over medium heat. Pat lamb shanks dry; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook shanks until golden brown, about 8 minutes per side. Transfer shanks to platter. Add garlic paste to casserole and saute 2 minutes. Return shanks to casserole. Reduce heat to very, very low (use heat diffuser to achieve reliably low flame). Cover casserole and simmer very gently until meat begins to fall off bones, turning shanks every 30 minutes, allowing condensation on lid to drip back into pan and adding more wine to prevent bottom from burning, about 2 hours 30 minutes.

Transfer shanks to platter. Scrape juices and drippings from pan into 4-cup glass measuring cup. Chill juices 5 minutes. Using baster and tilting measuring cup, remove fat off top of pan juices.

Place casserole over medium heat. Add pan juices, remaining 2 tablespoons wine and 2 tablespoons water to casserole. Simmer until liquid is reduced by half, scraping up any browned bits on bottom of casserole, about 10 minutes. Add shanks and any accumulated juices from platter; stir to combine. Cover and cook over low heat just until heated through, about 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and zest.

Place shank on warmed plate over rice or white beans and serve with Caramelized Carrots, if desired.

Recipe created exclusively for by Brigit L. Binns.

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6
Calories: 476
Fat. Total: 19g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 4g
Sodium: 388mg
% Cal. from Fat: 36%
Cholesterol: 212mg
Protein: 66g
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Rating: 4
by: Alexis, MO Reviewed: 12/31/2009
many thanks fabulous and easy
we are disabled. cooking is no longer easy. we could not get lamb shanks so we used two lamb round steaks. this recipe was easy for us. I put ALL ingredients into blender and followed the recipe pouring sauce over 2 browned steaks into a heavy casserole and baked in oven at 300'f for 2 1/2 hours. it was fork tender and very savory. Our 16 year old Jack Russell patroled the kitchen after the first half hour when the most wonderful aroma permiated the house.
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