Lamb Shanks

Passaggio Pinot Noir Braised Lamb Shanks

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Cooking with The Sassy Kitchen – Passaggio Pinot Noir Braised Lamb Shanks

This evening with The Sassy Kitchen was so much fun, and a lot of people are waiting for this recipe!! So here we go…straight from The Sassy Kitchen.

Ingredients:

4 Lamb Hind Shanks. 4 to 5 pounds total weight. *
3 Large Carrots
2 Large Stalks Celery
1 Small Yellow Onion
1 Small White Onion
5 Cloves Garlic
12 Oz Tomato Paste
4 Cups Water
2 Cups Passaggio Unmarked Code Seven 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Tsp Chopped Fresh Rosemary
8 to 10 Sprigs Fresh Thyme**
4 Bay Leaves
Salt and Pepper
Heavy, well sealing Dutch Oven.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Give the carrots, celery and onions a rough chop and smash the garlic cloves. Put them in the food processor.  Chop until you have a chunky “paste”.  Set aside.

Put flour in a bowl and season well with salt and pepper.

Coat Dutch Oven liberally with olive oil and place on the stove over medium high heat.  You want a HOT pan.

Dry Lamb Shanks with paper towels then coat them with flour.   When the pan is hot, work in batches. Be sure not to crowd the meat and steam it – not brown it.  Brown the meat well.  Take the time to get it browned well on all sides.  Set aside to rest and cool just slightly.

Drain the fat from the pan.  You really don’t want all that extra meat fat in this dish.  Add a little more olive oil to the pan and then add the vegetable mixture and salt and pepper to taste. This should be sort of searing as well.  Cook while stirring for 15 to 20 minutes.  You’ll want them brown but not burned.  Move it to one side of the pan and add the tomato paste.  Let this “brown” too.  You will see it go to a richer deeper red.  Stir both the vegetables and the tomato paste, separately for about 5 minutes and then blend them together.

Reduce heat to medium, add the Passaggio Pinor Noir and stir well.  Let the wine reduce for a few minutes.  Add the rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and water.  Stir until well blended.

Place the lamb shanks in the pot.  They should be almost totally covered.  Place the lid on the Dutch Oven and put it in the oven.  Total cook time is about 3 hours.  Check and turn the lamb shanks in an hour and a half.  If the liquid has reduced too much, add some water. (Skim fat if needed)

Recipe steps for Lamb ShanksRemove from the oven and carefully remove the lamb shanks to either a family style serving dish or individual plates.  Spoon some of the braising liquid over the plated lamb shanks and enjoy!***

I served the lamb shanks over roasted garlic and olive oil mashed potatoes. I got the recipe from watching Lidia’s Italy. Click here for the link to Lidia’s garlic and olive oil mashed potatoes.

For the plating I also added some Chardonnay carrots.  (recipe coming soon)

Lamb Shanks
*Choose good quality meat. I buy mine from D’Artagnan.  I trust the quality and they have some great sales.  Watch for them and stock up!

** For the Thyme, either tie with kitchen twine so you can easily pull the stems out OR remove the leaves from the stems and toss them in.

***I was serving the next day so I transferred them to a smaller, cool pot and refrigerated them overnight.  They reheated well the next day.  About 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven and they were up to temperature and ready.

Enjoy

The Sassy Kitchen