Lamb Shanks Braised in Red Wine

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  • Total Time 2h 20m
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Serves 6

Lamb shanks braised in red wine is classic bistro fare. The lamb rests on a white bean and roasted garlic puree. I like to use a Merlot in this recipe, but any full-bodied red wine, like Cabernet Sauvignon, will give the sauce the right deep flavor.


  • 6 lamb shanks, about 1 1/4 pounds each
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons crushed black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
  • 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, cut into about 8 wedges
  • 1 cup thickly sliced mushrooms (about 4)
  • Five 3-inch sprigs fresh rosemary

Companion recipe: Roasted Garlic and White Bean Puree


Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Season the shanks with salt and 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, broth, 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. (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 degrees F oven for about 20 minutes.)

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 Roasted Garlic and White Bean Puree; ladle the sauce over the lamb. Serve some of the mushrooms and onions on the side.

Recipe reprinted by permission of <I>Fine Cooking<. All rights reserved.

RecID 2480

nutrition information per serving

574 calories; 28g total fat; 149mg cholesterol; 682mg sodium; 17g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 45g protein

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