Braised Lamb Shanks

by jerseygirl on March 26, 2009 · 40 comments

I have a confession to make. I have bought cuts of meat that cost more than a pair of jeans. When it comes to clothes,furniture or toy shopping, I am always looking for a bargain. You can find me at the clearance racks of a department store or at the sales racks of TJ Maxx. But when it comes to shopping for groceries, I just let loose. I have no problem buying a 7 pound prime rib roast if company is coming. Or spending mucho dollars on fresh seafood for a special dinner. But I do stock up my freezer with whatever meat is on sale. And I also hoard lamb shanks.

It seems my grocery store doesn’t always have lamb shanks. If they only butcher one lamb, it doesn’t give a multitude of shanks. So I get them while I can. Sometimes they only have one or two and I make sure they go right in my cart. They are such a flavorful cut of meat when braised for a few hours. This was the perfect weekend dinner. You need a few hours but it is well worth it. This meal tastes great reheated also. You could cook it on the weekend and heat it up on a week night.

Typically, I serve one shank per person. So if you know you will be having company in a few weeks, go start hoarding now.

Braised Lamb Shanks

1 to 2 TBS olive oil
3 to 4 lamb shanks
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 small onions, quartered
16 oz baby carrots
1 plum tomato, chopped
10 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 cup Merlot
2 cups beef stock or broth
2 TBS tomato paste
1 TBS dried rosemary

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil on medium and brown lamb shanks for 10 minutes. Remove from pot and add garlic, onions, carrots and tomato. Cook the vegetables until they start to turn golden. Add the Merlot, broth, tomato paste and rosemary. Bring to a boil and put the lamb back in the pot. Cover the pot and place in the oven. Cook for 2 and a half hours or until lamb is fork tender. Serve with mashed potatoes, or another starch such as rice, polenta or crusty bread.

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Mary March 26, 2009 at 10:45 am

I love lamb shanks and your recipe for them is spot on! Very nice, Lisa.


kat March 26, 2009 at 11:48 am

What a treat! & I'm with you I would rather buy clothes at Target & spend my big money on good food.


burpandslurp March 26, 2009 at 11:53 am

lol, I’m like you. I get so cheap on other stuff, but don’t restrict myself on groceries. I say what goes INTO my body is better investment that what hangs outside my body.
those lamb shanks look brilliant.


The Food Hunter March 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm

I love lamb shanks. I totally agree I’d rather spend my money on good quality food then clothes.


Karen Harris March 26, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Your lamb shanks look lovely. I wish I was eating leftovers at your house!


Emaline March 26, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Wow Lisa! These look something amazing! Awesome recipe!


Heather March 26, 2009 at 8:03 pm

i hear ya! spending money on food is waaay more important than spending it on clothes πŸ˜‰ this lamb looks yummy!


Stacey Snacks March 26, 2009 at 8:40 pm

You know I am a lamb shank fan….affordable and delicious!


ChefDruck March 27, 2009 at 12:52 am

I love Lamb Shanks too. Just melt in your mouth. Your recipe looks great. I can’t wait to see you again on Saturday. Really looking forward to our Indian lunch!


Tanya March 27, 2009 at 7:08 am

Lamb is one meat I don’t have a lot of experience with, so this is wonderful! Thanks!


Jaime and Jen DISH March 27, 2009 at 9:49 am

I have always wanted to cook lamb but have been too chicken and too cheap. You have inspired me to just go out there and do it. I’m going to have a few peeps over and try this out…looks tasty.


Culinary Cory March 27, 2009 at 9:55 am

For some reason, I’ve never gotten a taste for lamb. I like the idea of slow roasting it to let all the flavors soak into the meat.


Cynthia March 27, 2009 at 2:05 pm

πŸ™‚ I’m smiling because just yesterday I bought some lamb shanks to braise too πŸ™‚ I want to do mine in a pressure cooker and cut down on the time.


melissa March 27, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I figured a lot of people would be agreeing with you, not just me – I spend far more on quality food than quality clothes. Target and Kohl’s are my friend haha.

Beautiful dish too, Lisa. πŸ™‚


Cate March 27, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Such a hearty and tummy-warming dish. I don’t eat lamb, but The Husband would be all over this.


black eyed susans kitchen March 28, 2009 at 10:04 am

Lisa, This is my husbands favorite dish. We used to have them often, however, they have gotten very pricey. You are right about the cost of some foods, look at chicken wings and skirt steak. They used to be staples in our house…now we have to think twice when we buy. I am right there with you though. I shop at Marshalls an TJ Maxx, and spend more on our food.
β™₯, Susan


Jan March 28, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Lamb is very expensive, but it’s worth splashing out occasionally because the flavor is fabulous. These braised lamb shanks look yummy.


Chef E March 29, 2009 at 10:37 am

I like what you said about it costing more than jeans…my hubby and I spend more on food, well outside of his engineer toy habits, that I do on clothes, food is our passion and hobby…


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Karen March 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I’ve been wanting to make this; it looks so delicious!


Debbie March 29, 2009 at 7:06 pm

The meal looks delicious! So juicy!!!


The Inexperienced Foodie March 29, 2009 at 10:50 pm

yum yum looking forward to reading your blog!


Penny March 30, 2009 at 7:51 am

I love comfort food and it always seems to include meat closest to the bone or hard to find – like beef short ribs. I found Bill Blass jeans for $9.00 yesterday. Yea!


Katherine Aucoin March 30, 2009 at 8:15 am

This looks so juicy and savory! Great job!


Jeff March 30, 2009 at 8:46 am

Food >clothes. I would rather spend money on some meal that is going to bring me more enjoyment especially if surrounded by friends than a shirt.


Pam March 30, 2009 at 11:25 am

Total comfort food – looks great Lisa.


Jo March 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm

that looks incredible! Oh wow! my mouth is watering! πŸ™‚


John and Lisa Howard-Fusco March 30, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I’m with you with the money spent on good food, LOL! So great to meet you on Sat..let’s plan a “foodie” outing with Lynn soon!

Am resolving to stop “lurking” and say hi sometimes…



Tracy March 30, 2009 at 11:26 pm

I have never in my whole life cooked a lamb shank! I’ll have to keep my eye out for them.


A. and M. March 31, 2009 at 4:45 am

Lamb shank? amazing, thanks for the recipe…


Jeena March 31, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Lisa youcooked these shanks to perfection yum! Rosemary compliments lamb so much too. πŸ™‚


Mrs. L March 31, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Yum, love lamb shanks! And I’m with you, I’ll cut my clothing allowance, stop going out to movies before I’ll cut my grocery budget!


The Blonde Duck March 31, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I’ve never had lamb shanks!


Clumbsy Cookie March 31, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Lisa that looks sooooooooo tasty! From the meat, carrots to the mashed potatoes! What a meal!


Jamie April 1, 2009 at 8:07 am

Really gorgeous. I love shanks, too, but they are not easy to find where I live, I have to order them, so as I never think about it ahead of time, no shanks for us. This dish really looks wonderful!


Carolyne April 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Wow! That looks so scrumptious!

It’s nice to meet you, btw! Isn’t it wonderful to meet so many interesting people in the blogosphere?


Peter M April 2, 2009 at 5:43 am

Ahh, lamb shanks used to be cheap! Yours look fabulous and nothing like eating a meal with no knife required!


Ciao Chow Linda April 2, 2009 at 8:29 am

Your shanks look mouth-watering delish. Stop by my blog. I’ve got something for you.


Robin Sue April 2, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I have never done one of these before but braising shanks is the in thing now and I want in! I am always afraid of doing lamb as it can seem gamey to me but I am convinced that your recipe must be perfect for fixing that problem!


Mariaβ™₯ April 9, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I adore lamb shanks braised in red wine! This looks delish, Lisa!



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