I was looking for a good recipe for lamb shanks and checked my copy of 1000 Italian Recipes and had four to choose from; Lamb Shanks with Chickpeas caught my eye. It's a pretty simple sear then braise in stock and tomatoes with carrots, celery and chickpeas added for the last half hour of cooking so the vegetables aren't totally mushed out. The recipe is meant to be cooked on the stove, done in the Joe at 350 worked fine with the timing in the recipe. This is the original recipe that I halved:
2 T Olive Oil
4 lamb shanks
salt and pepper
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups beef broth
1 cup peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes
1/2 t dried marjoram to thyme
4 carrots peeled and cut into 1" pieces
2 tender celery sticks cut into 1" pieces
2 cups cooked chickpeas or 2 cans drained
Pat the lamb shanks dry and sear well on all sides in the oil, about 15 minutes then remove and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tip the pan and spoon out any excess oil, add the onions and cook about 5 minutes more. Return the lamb to the pan with the broth, tomatoes and marjoram. Cover and cook an hour, turning the lamb occasionally
Add the carrots, celery and chickpeas and cook about 30 minutes more until the meat is fork tender. Serve hot.
I served the lamb shanks on a bed of Lundberg Wild Rice mix made with chicken stock and some added leftover roasted garlic. Fall-off-the-bone lamb with tender vegetables and the combination of rice and the chickpeas absorb the flavors from the pan sauce. I would serve this to people who are "iffy" about whether they like lamb and I think they would be happy.
As we all know, our very own keeperovdeflame “loves Lamb Shanks and he cannot lie”. Of his many lamb shank cooks was this one, “Braised Lamb Shanks (Kokkinisto me Manestra)” that I’m presenting my version of as my Copycat Challenge Entry.
Here a link to his original cook thread: https://www.kamadoguru.com/topic/16997-braised-lamb-shanks-kokkinisto-me-manestra/?tab=comments#comment-211730
Here are most of the ingredients:
Keeper posted the full recipe (for 6 shanks) and reduced the amounts down for 2 shanks. I ended up cooking 3 so I cut it back to what I thought would work for three shanks. Here are the amounts I used: (See recipe in keeper's thread for full recipe)
1 1/2 tsp ground allspice,
1 1/2 tsp ground toasted cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp Spanish smoked sweet paprika
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder.
1 tsp ground cinnamon
I applied the rub to the shanks.
I them wrapped them with cling wrap and refrigerated for 4 hours.
Here are the ingredients for the braising liquid and the veggies that went in with the shanks. (Not shown are the Rosemary and the Thyme)
3 lamb shanks
sea salt / fresh ground pepper
1/8 cup virgin olive oil
2 yellow onions quartered
1 whole garlic clove pealed and separated into individual cloves
11/2 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup tomato paste ( I didn’t have any paste so I used some diced tomatoes)
4 bay leaves
6 inch sprig rosemary
8 sprigs fresh thyme
I don’t have a CI braiser like keeper does so I picked out a an 11" heavy bottom SS skillet I had. After the 4 hours, I started out by placing in a bed of sliced onions.
I poured in the OO and placed the shanks on top of the onions.
Keeper browned his shanks in a CI skillet and then transferred them over to his braiser. I decided to brown / roast my shanks in the skillet on my Weber OTS for 30 minutes at approximately 450 degrees.
After the 30 minutes were up I moved the skillet over to my preheated (to 210 degrees) Primo. I added the braising liquid, the veggies and the herbs
and covered with the lid.
I let this slow braise for 2 1/2 hours and then check it for tenderness.
It was ready for the next stage so I removed the lid and turned the shanks over and opened up the vents.
I took the heat up to 350
and let them cook for approximately another 30 minutes (or until it’s fork tender) turning every 10 minutes. I also made some mashed potatoes and steamed some carrots while this was happening.
Once they were fork tender I removed the shanks to a bowl and reduced the sauce a little to thicken it up.
While the sauce was thickening I broke out some good Cabernet Sauvignon
and put together my place setting. Here it is plated.
Here’s a few more shots. Shank with some meat removed.
The "OMG That was good Shot!"
Wow! I now know why keeper loves them.
Thanks for looking.