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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.

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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!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. morningaftershow
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 17:42:03

    OK, weekend adventure!

    Reply

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