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Jinx-Proof Braised Lamb Shanks Recipe
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Jinx-Proof Braised Lamb Shanks
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Jinx-Proof Braised Lamb Shanks

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"Lamb shanks are one of the most foolproof meat choices out there; and when you braise it, you have about as close to a sure thing as there is. After a long, slow roast in an aromatic, deeply flavored broth, these lamb shanks are sure to get rave reviews."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 30 mins

    3 hrs


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Place lamb shanks into a roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil; season with salt, black pepper, dried rosemary, and thyme. Toss lamb shanks to coat with oil and seasonings.
  3. Roast in the preheated oven until lamb is browned, about 30 minutes.
  4. Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  5. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat; cook and stir onion, celery, and carrot in the hot butter until onion is browned, about 10 minutes. Stir flour into vegetables until combined; mix in garlic. Cook and stir for 1 more minute.
  6. Pour red wine into vegetable mixture, stir to combine, and mix in chicken stock, water, balsamic vinegar, and cinnamon. Pour sauce over lamb shanks in the roasting pan. Cover roasting pan with aluminum foil, sealing foil loosely so that the sauce can reduce slightly as it cooks.
  7. Bake lamb shanks for 1 hour; flip lamb shanks and place foil back on dish. Continue baking until a fork inserts easily into the meat, about 1 more hour. Transfer lamb shanks to a large bowl, cover with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  8. Pour braising liquid into a saucepan, place over high heat, and boil for 10 minutes, skimming fat as it reduces and thickens slightly. Stir chopped rosemary into sauce, check levels of salt and pepper, and serve lamb shanks with pan sauce.
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Dec 01, 2013

This dish is so rich and meaty. The meat is tender, the aroma of it baking is to die for. I accidentally - as I had been looking at lots of recipes - opened a can of tomato sauce so added a cup of that and also increased wine to one cup. Served with garlic mash and extra garlic in dish. It is good for you! I'd give this a 5.

Nov 17, 2014

This dish is amazing! Have made it three times now and it comes out perfectly every time! My first review here. Hat's off to Chef John for this one!


9 Ratings

Nov 19, 2014

Loving it as I type! So easy and delicious served with butternut squash.

Mar 02, 2014

Sauce was amazing! Next time will cook a little longer.

Jan 17, 2014

Too much wine. Could barely taste the actual lamb flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 505 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 170 mg
  • 57%
  • Fat
  • 27.4 g
  • 42%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 49.8 g
  • 100%
  • Sodium
  • 313 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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