MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE WINE BRAISED LAMB SHANKS WITH VEGETABLES


Mediterranean-spiced braised lamb shanks, cooked in a red wine and tomato sauce with vegetables, aromatics, and fresh herbs! Perfect for Easter or your next special dinner.


Braising or slow-cooking is the way to go with lamb shanks. Here, the lamb shanks don’t require a ton of work; they rely more on time to turn them into melt-in-your-mouth goodness!

MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE WINE BRAISED LAMB SHANKS WITH VEGETABLES

Mediterranean-spiced braised lamb shanks, cooked in a red wine and tomato sauce with vegetables, aromatics, and fresh herbs! Perfect for Easter or your next special dinner.

INGREDIENTS

For Spice Mix
  • 2 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sweet Spanish paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg 
For Lamb 
  • 6 American Lamb Shanks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 lb baby potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2 cups dry red wine (don’t use expensive wine here)
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth
  •  28-oz can peeled tomatoes
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 springs fresh thyme
  • 2 springs fresh rosemary
Sides 
  • Lebanese Rice (See recipe) Or plain Orzo pasta prepared according to package
  • 3-Ingredient Mediterranean Salad (See recipe) or Fattoush Salad (See recipe)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, add all the spice mix ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Pat the lamb shanks dry and season with the spice mix on all sides.
  • In a large Dutch oven pot like this one, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown the lamb shanks on all sides (about 8 mins or so). Transfer the lamb shanks to a large tray or bowl for now. Carefully dispose of extra fat in a separate heat-safe bowl, and return the pot to heat.
  • Now add the onions, celery, carrots and potatoes. Saute for 5-7 minutes on medium-high, or until the vegetables gain some color. Add red wine, scrape the pot of brown bits.  Cook briefly so that the wine reduces a bit.
  • Add the broth, tomatoes, cinnamon sticks, thyme, and rosemary. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper. Return lamb shanks back to the pot; press down to submerge. Boil for 10 minutes. Turn heat off.
  • Cover the pot and transfer to the 350 degrees F-heated oven. Cook in the oven for 2 1/2 hours (It’s a good idea to check periodically through cooking just in case you need to add a little more liquid. When the shanks finish cooking, the liquid will have reduced to about 1/3 of what it was when you started.)
  • While the lamb shanks are cooking, prepare rice according to this recipe, or prepare 2-3 cups of orzo pasta according to package instructions.
  • Serve the lamb shanks hot with a little of the veggies and braising sauce on top of rice or orzo pasta. You might also like to prepare a side salad like this 3-ingredient Mediterranean salad or Fattoush. Enjoy!

NOTES

Prepare Ahead Instructions
  • These braised lamb shanks can be prepared 1 day ahead. Once cooked, let the lamb cool. Store the lamb shanks separate from the vegetables and braising liquid. Cover in a tight lid container and keep chilled in the fridge.
  • Bring to room temperature before heating. Place the lamb shanks in an oven-safe dish with 1/2 cup broth or water. Cover and heat in a 350 degree F heated-oven. Meanwhile, place the vegetables and braising liquid in a pot, add a little broth or water. Cover and warm over medium heat.
  • When ready to serve, you can transfer the lamb shanks to a platter and spoon the vegetables and liquid on top.
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