food: lamb shank

yesterday i had a lamb craving.
it’s been a while since i’ve had lamb and i was due.  in specific i wanted lamb shanks.  because it’s cheap and delicious.

so, off to thrifty’s to collect 2 shanks for the low low price of $13.50 and considering that feeds two people, i feel pretty good about that price.  sure there’s cheaper meats to eat… but as far as lamb goes, shanks are the best way to stretch your dollar.

i made a paste in the mortal & pestle with garlic cloves, fresh rosemary, salt & pepper, a little olive oil and dijon mustard.  and rubbed that into the shanks and let it sit while i chopped everything else.
then i seared off the shanks  until brown, removed from the pan and sauteed 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped carrots and a couple whole garlic cloves.  when the veggies were soft, i hit it with some red wine and beef stock.  also added a few sticks of fresh rosemary & thyme.
the shanks went back in and it simmered with the lid on for 2 hours.

after about 2 hours, i took the shanks out and set them on a plate to rest (and tented with foil) and pulled out the sticks from the herbs and whizzed the remains with the immersion blender to make a thick sauce of deliciousness.

i served it with mashed new potatoes for the husband and nappa cabbage in apple cider vinegar as a side dish.
yes, lamb, potatoes and cabbage.  it seems so irish, lol.


we ended up with some of the sauce left over and it was just too delicious to throw down the drain, so this morning when i put some short ribs in the slow cooker, i added the leftover sauce to the mix to make the flavour richer.  i felt pretty smart with that one.  yey for recycling!