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Sweet and Sour Braised Lamb Shanks

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Servings: Serves 6

Cook Time: 225 minutes

Prep Time: 30 minutes


6(12 to 16 oz.) each bone-in lamb shanks
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
3 tablespoons Vegetable oil, divided
3 medium yellow onions, chopped
1 each carrot, chopped
2 each celery ribs, chopped
4 each Clove garlic, chopped
1 6 oz can Tomato paste
1 each (750 ml) bottle medium-bodied red wine (such as Merlot, Shiraz, or Chianti)
1 cup balsamic or Red wine vinegar
1/4 cup Brown sugar, packed
1 each Water, as needed


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pat the meat dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a largestockpot or Dutch oven over high heat. Sear the shanks well until deep brown on all sides, in batches if necessary, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
2. Lower the heat to medium and add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add onions, carrot, and celery; cook 4 or 5 minutes, then add garlic, stir well, and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine, vinegar, and sugar, scraping up any browned bits from thebottom of the pan and stirring until sugar is dissolved. Return shanks to the pan with any accumulated juices. Shanks should be covered with liquid; add water if needed to fully submerge. Cover pan and bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Turn the shanks halfway through cooking. Meat should be very tender andeasy to pull away from the bone.
3. Transfer lamb shanks to a serving plate and tent with foil. Skim and discard any fat from the top of the liquid in the pot. Place the pot on the stove over high heat and bring to a boil, reducing the liquid by half, 20 to25 minutes.
4. Spoon reduced sauce over the shanks. Serve warm with noodles or rice to absorb thesauce.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, September - October 2011

Nutritional Information

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate Less Than 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Less Than 25g 30g
Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 6
Base Nutrients
Calories 990 kcal (49%)
Calories from Fat 477 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 53 g (81%)
Saturated Fat 23 g (115%)
Cholesterol 225 mg (75%)
Sodium 480 mg (20%)
Total Carbohydrates 35 g (11%)
Dietary Fiber 3 g (12%)
Protein 67 g (111%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a

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