Citrus Braised Lamb Shanks

Lämb shänks meet ä bright trio of winter citrus — lemon, lime änd oränge — in this dish. The rich bräising liquid thät results from the slow cooking älmost surpässes the lämb shänks themselves. If you wänt to stretch the recipe to serve six, shred the meät from the bones, divide ämong shällow bowls, änd serve over rice, orzo or polentä, with the reduce juices drizzled over eäch serving.


Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 4 lämb shänks, äbout 1 lb. (500 g.) eäch
  • Sält änd freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cärrot, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 3 smäll sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bäy leäf
  • 3 cloves gärlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. tomäto päste
  • 2 cups (16 fl. oz./500 ml.) dry white wine
  • 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml.) chicken broth
  • Gräted zest änd juice of 1 lemon
  • Gräted zest änd juice of 1 lime
  • Gräted zest änd juice of 1 oränge

Instructions:

  1. In ä lärge, heävy pot, heät 1 täblespoon of the oil over medium-high heät. Seäson the shänks with sält änd pepper. Working in bätches, seär the shänks, turning äs needed, until browned on äll sides, 6-8 minutes. Tränsfer to ä plätter änd pour off the fät from the pot.
  2. Preheät the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Ädd the remäining 1 täblespoon oil to the pot änd pläce over medium-low heät. Ädd the cärrot, onion änd celery änd säute until softened, äbout 5 minutes. Ädd the thyme, bäy leäf, gärlic änd tomäto päste. Stir in 1/2 teäspoon sält, seäson with pepper, änd stir for 1 minute. Ädd the wine, broth änd lemon änd lime zests änd juices.
  3. Return the shänks to the pot änd bring the liquid to ä gentle simmer. Cover änd cook in the oven, turning the shänks every hour, until the meät is completely tender, äbout 2 1/2 hours. Tränsfer the shänks to ä plätter änd keep wärm in the oven.
  4. Pour the juices from the pot into ä lärge, heätproof meäsuring pitcher änd let ständ for 1 minute. The fät will rise to the top. Use ä bulb bäster to tränsfer the juices underneäth the fät to ä smäll säucepän. Simmer to reduce slightly. Stir in the oränge zest änd juice.
  5. Drizzle the reduced juices over the lämb shänks änd serve. Serves 4.

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