Continuing my freezer clean-out, I discovered two lovely lamb shanks that I must admit, I had forgotten were in there.  The weather that we’re having now just begs for comfort food, so I decided to make braised lamb shanks and the shanks beg for white beans to accompany them.

Starting with a recipe for braised lamb shanks and white beans that I knew worked well I still perused recipes from some other reputable sources (Williams-Sonoma, Food and Wine, and The New York Times). My lazy side came to the front and I decided that I wanted to do this all in one pot–so I went with the New York Times recipe–except I used thyme instead of rosemary and scaled the recipe for two lamb shanks.

Then I decided to follow a favorite principle of mine in cooking: never do on the stovetop what you can do in the oven (extremely hot weather will modify this). After bringing the pot to a simmer on the stovetop, I popped the pot into a 275°F oven for a few hours–low and slow since this is supper for tomorrow, likely with a grilled (well, broiled given the weather) cabbage wedge for a side.

Even for two shanks, this comes out to be a lot of food, so I’m looking forward to putting some into the freezer for another rainy day meal when I’m feeling indolent.

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4 thoughts on “Braised lamb shanks

  1. Two posts with the link to the original in Rufus’ Food and Spirits (https://rufusguide.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/smoked-lamb-shanks/) where I discovered them originally. Because of the long cooking required, I had never thought of smoking until I saw that post. It is hot but really low and slow. It’s well worth the time–really not much effort. I did mine on a Weber Kettle grill. There are two posts here that should come up if you search smoked lamb shanks).

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