Chef Elle: Braised Lamb Shanks

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Ingredients 2 lamb shanks

1 bulb garlic (roasted)

2 carrots (chopped)

1 large onion (chopped)

2 celery stalks (chopped)

sea salt (to taste)

cracked pepper (to taste)

1 c Pinot Grigio (dry white wine)

5 c chicken stock

1 rosemary sprig

3 thyme sprigs

1/2 c cipollini onions

1 c grapes

grapeseed oil

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp water

Tools Dutch Oven, knife, bowl, measuring cup, spoon, fork, tongs, fat skimmer, cheese cloth, kitchen twine


Preheat oven to 300° Fahrenheit.

Place Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add oil and lamb shanks. Allow to brown on all sides and remove. Add cipollini onions cook 3-4 minutes. Discard excess oil and add wine to de-glaze. Using a spoon, loosen particles stuck in the bottom of the oven and add stock.

To make slurry, whisk cornstarch and water until smooth.

Wrap garlic, chopped vegetables and herbs in cheesecloth and tie with twine. Add sachet and shanks to liquid. Cover with lid. Place in preheated oven for 2.5-3 hours or until fork tender. Remove sachet and discard. Skim fat from sauce. Add cipollini onions and allow to cook for an additional 10-15 minutes. Add grapes to sauce and stir in slurry. Cook for an additional 10 minutes over medium-low heat. Place on nice serving platter and serve (yields 2 servings). To accommodate a larger crowd, simply double or triple the ingredients.

Simple Concepts: This recipe is extremely versatile. Leftover lamb can be used for tacos or pulled lamb sandwiches. A few additional ingredients yields Braised Lamb Stew (see recipe). Use your imagination to create your own combination. *As always, Simple Conceptions uses organic ingredients. And for quality assurance and optimal results, Chef Jean Paul suggests following the recipes as written using the products mentioned.

© 2010 Simple Conceptions. All Rights Reserved. Chef Elle appears courtesy of Simple Conceptions. It’s Simple and Simply Delicious & To Good Food are marks owned by Simple Conceptions. Credits: Sr. Food Stylist: Monica Lauer; Photographer: Adam Roth

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