Braised Lamb Shanks
By Makinze Gore March 19, 2019
Braising lamb shanks might sound a little intimidating, but honestly, it couldn't be easier. After a quick sear, the oven does all the work for you! You'll have the most tender, fall-off-the-bone lamb for the most comforting dinner you've had all year!
6 lamb shanks
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
4 tbsp. butter, divided
1 onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 c. low-sodium beef broth
1 (15-oz.) can tomato sauce
2 sprigs rosemary
1 c. red wine
Mashed potatoes, for serving
Preheat oven to 350°. Season lamb shanks with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add lamb and cook until golden all over, about 4 minutes per side. Work in batches as necessary. Remove lamb from pot and place on a plate.
In the pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add onion and carrots and cook until soft, 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more, then add tomato paste and stir until vegetables are coated.
Pour in broth and tomato sauce, then return lamb shanks to pot. Add rosemary and bring to a boil. Cover and transfer to oven.Cook until lamb shanks are completely tender, 2 hours.
Remove lamb from pot and place on a cutting board. Tent with foil to keep warm. Discard rosemary.
Return pot to stove over medium heat. Add wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer until thickened, 10 minutes. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
Serve lamb with mashed potatoes and spoon sauce on top.
Photo by Parker Feierback