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Follow our make-ahead plan for hosting dinner guests with ease. (Serves 6)

Braised Lamb Shanks with Orange and Olives

Prep List

One Day Ahead
• Prepare breadsticks.
• Combine dip ingredients; spoon into baking dish. Cover and refrigerate.

A Few Hours Ahead
• Peel and crush garlic; mince thyme.
• Slice olives.
• Measure flour, orange juice, white wine, beef broth, and tomato paste; keep separate.
• Peel and cut potatoes and turnips; keep covered with water.
• Peel and slice onion; stud with cloves.
• Grate cheese.
• Measure sour cream; refrigerate.
• Trim haricots verts.
• Mince pancetta; refrigerate.
• Measure chicken broth and vinegar; keep in separate containers.

3 1/4 Hourse Before Dinner
• Brown lamb.

3 Hours Before Dinner
• Sauté garlic; stir in cooking liquids, tomato paste, and thyme.
• Add lamb; place in oven.

30 Minutes Before Guests Arrive
• Bake artichoke dip.

1 Hour Before Dinner
• Add orange rind and olives to lamb.

30 Minutes Before Dinner
• Remove lamb from oven.
• Pour lamb cooking liquid into a bag; keep shanks warm.

25 Minutes Before Dinner
• Cook potatoes and turnips.

20 Minutes Before Dinner
• Pour lamb cooking liquid into saucepan; discard fat.
• Reduce lamb cooking liquid.

12 Minutes Before Dinner
• Cook pancetta and shallots.
• Add broth, vinegar, and haricots verts.

5 Minutes Before Dinner
• Drain potato mixture; return to pan and add sour cream, salt, and pepper.
• Mash potato mixture.

Cooking Light, September 2007