Hello my lovelies!
I’ve had some ask me to post my recipe for braised lamb shanks recently, so I thought mmm, yes one of my favorite dishes and I wanted to share it with you all! You can thank me after you’ve cooked it! 🙂
First of all, I’d like to remind you that good food does take time! If you are crunched for time, don’t rush this one as you will not be as happy with the end results. I recommend you pop this in the oven at least 4 hrs before you intend to serve.
I don’t claim to be Greek, in fact I don’t brush my teeth with Hummus ..ever! This is, however, my all time favorite Greek dish and after playing around with the recipes for years..I think I’ve finally got it!
4 Spring lamb shanks (cleaned and silver skin and access fat removed)
1 head of Garlic minced – yes ONE HEAD, don’t worry, it will meld into the flavors cooking for so long a time
Juice of 3-4 lemons or 1 cup fresh lemon juice
Fresh or dried rosemary – dried use a handful, fresh 4 stalks
2 Tbsp dried oregano
1/4 c dry white wine
Water if necessary to bring liquid up to middle of the shank
Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Rub all ingredients except the liquids generously all over the lamb. Some at this point believe they should be browned previous to braising, I beg to differ, I’ve found this is the juiciest and tastiest way.
Place the lamb into a roasting pan and add wet ingredients topping with water if necessary to make sure the shanks are covered about halfway with liquid.
Cover tightly with foil and place in the oven moderate to low heat. I recommend 325 F degrees.
Leave them to cook for at least one hour, take them out and make sure they are not drying out, if so add more lemon and water. Turn them over at this time. You can repeat this each hour, but if its too tedious, just check liquid levels so the lamb won’t dry out ..or burn!
Lamb will show as done after about 1.5 hours, but the longer it cooks in the bath of lovely lemon, garlic and wine the better!! I recommend no more than 3.5-4 hours as the meat will begin to separate and fall off the bone. Baste the sauce over the lamb in between glasses of wine..you can do it!
1 shank per person
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Tzatziki dip (also on my page)
Hearty Greek Salad (recipe to come!)