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Lamb shanks is a very popular, widely enjoyed dish which can be cooked in myriad of ways and served with different side dishes. They can be suited to any palate based on spiciness, sauce base, and tenderness.
1 teaspoon butter
1 big pod of garlic cut in very fine pieces Rosemary dried 1 tablespoon + fresh sprigs 1 sprig thyme
1 teaspoon sage
Salt and pepper to taste
4 lamb shanks
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 small onions cut finely
2 small carrots cut or chopped in big pieces 8 mushrooms chopped
2 big tomatoes cut in pieces or pureed 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar or red vinegar 3 cups chicken or mutton broth
Mix butter with chopped garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper. Put long cuts on the shanks to marinate. Rub the butter mix nicely on lamb shanks. Leave for half an hour to an hour for marination. Take a non-stick pan and put olive oil in it. Put the shanks in the pan and brown them on all sides. It will approximately take 10 minutes to do this. The shanks should look lovely brown by now. Take the shanks out in a plate. Some oil, garlic, and spices will be left in the pan. In the same pan add some more garlic, onions and sauté them brown. Add the carrots and fry them a bit. Also add the mushrooms. Now add the pureed tomatoes and sauté. Add the vinegar and stir for a few minutes, add chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil for five minutes and close the gas.
For oven recipe
Arrange the shanks in baking dish and pour the boiling liquid on them. Cover the baking dish with foil and leave it in the oven for 3 hours at 200 degree centigrade. Switch the oven off and let the shanks rest in the baking tray for half an hour. Soft and succulent shanks are ready to be served.
Take a big pressure cooker. Big enough to settle all the shanks in it. Put the lamb shanks in. Pour the liquid from the pan along with carrots in the cooker. Simmer on low heat for five minutes. Then pressure cook for half an hour on medium flame. Close the gas and leave lamb in the cooker. Take a deep pan and sauté some mushrooms in butter. Then add all the contents from the cooker into the pan. Simmer for a few minutes till oil comes on top. Lamb shanks take long time to cook so make sure you cook it just enough. Incase the sauce /curry has a thin consistency remove it from the pan and reduce it in a different pan and add it when you serve the lamb shanks. Serve it with sautéd vegetables of your choice and baked potatoes.