Lamb shanks

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time135 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the brine

3.7L water
100g granulated sugar
75g salt

For the roast

4 to 6 lamb shanks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Garlic powder, to taste
Plain flour, to coat
60ml to 85ml virgin olive oil
2.5kg tinned crushed tomatoes
2 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 bulb fresh fennel, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
240ml red wine
240ml orange juice
Handful freshly chopped Italian parsley leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
Handful freshly chopped oregano leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
Italian cheese, for garnish
1) Place the water, sugar and salt into a large container. Carefully add the lamb shanks and soak for 24 hours.

2) Preheat oven to 180°C / gas mark 4. Remove the shanks from the brine and pat dry. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic, to taste.

3) Coat the shanks with flour and saute in the virgin olive oil in a medium saute pan over a medium-high heat until golden brown, about five minutes each side. Place the shanks in a roasting pan with the crushed tomatoes.

4) In same saute pan that the shanks were seared in, saute the carrots, celery stalks, onion, fresh fennel and garlic until tender, about five minutes over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and add to the roasting pan.

5) Deglaze the saute pan with the red wine and orange juice. Cook until reduced by half and then add to the roasting pan.

6) Add a handful each of fresh Italian parsley and fresh oregano to the roasting pan. Cover and roast in the oven for two hours or until tender. After one hour, turn the shanks and cover for the remaining time, making sure the shanks are covered in the gravy.

7) Garnish with fresh oregano sprigs and parsley and your favourite Italian cheese. Best served with polenta!

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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