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.
I love lamb shanks and your recipe for them is spot on! Very nice, Lisa.
What a treat! & I'm with you I would rather buy clothes at Target & spend my big money on good food.
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
I love lamb shanks. I totally agree I'd rather spend my money on good quality food then clothes.
Your lamb shanks look lovely. I wish I was eating leftovers at your house!
Wow Lisa! These look something amazing! Awesome recipe!
i hear ya! spending money on food is waaay more important than spending it on clothes 😉 this lamb looks yummy!
You know I am a lamb shank fan....affordable and delicious!
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!
Lamb is one meat I don't have a lot of experience with, so this is wonderful! Thanks!
Jaime and Jen DISH
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.
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.
🙂 I'm smiling because just yesterday I bought some lamb shanks to braise too 🙂 I want to do mine in a pressure cooker and cut down on the time.
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. 🙂
Such a hearty and tummy-warming dish. I don't eat lamb, but The Husband would be all over this.
black eyed susans kitchen
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.
Lamb is very expensive, but it's worth splashing out occasionally because the flavor is fabulous. These braised lamb shanks look yummy.
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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I've been wanting to make this; it looks so delicious!
The meal looks delicious! So juicy!!!
The Inexperienced Foodie
yum yum looking forward to reading your blog!
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!
This looks so juicy and savory! Great job!
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.
Total comfort food - looks great Lisa.
that looks incredible! Oh wow! my mouth is watering! 🙂
John and Lisa Howard-Fusco
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...
I have never in my whole life cooked a lamb shank! I'll have to keep my eye out for them.
A. and M.
Lamb shank? amazing, thanks for the recipe...
Lisa youcooked these shanks to perfection yum! Rosemary compliments lamb so much too. 🙂
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
I've never had lamb shanks!
Lisa that looks sooooooooo tasty! From the meat, carrots to the mashed potatoes! What a meal!
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!
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?
Ahh, lamb shanks used to be cheap! Yours look fabulous and nothing like eating a meal with no knife required!
Ciao Chow Linda
Your shanks look mouth-watering delish. Stop by my blog. I've got something for you.
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!
I adore lamb shanks braised in red wine! This looks delish, Lisa!