Braised Lamb Shanks with Fennel
Photo: Susie Cushner
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Other: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Amount per serving
- Calcium: 124mg
- Calories: 547
- Calories from fat: 0%
- Carbohydrate: 18g
- Cholesterol: 159mg
- Fat: 30g
- Fiber: 6g
- Iron: 5mg
- Protein: 46mg
- Saturated fat: 10g
- Sodium: 1010mg
- 3 fennel bulbs, tops trimmed and quartered, ends still attached
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 6 lamb shanks
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 head garlic, peeled (about 15 cloves)
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried
- 4 tomatoes, chopped, or three 15-ounce cans, drained and chopped
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken broth
- In a roasting pan, toss the fennel, 2 tablespoons of the oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Set aside.
- Dry the lamb shanks on paper towels and season with the remaining salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven, heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat. Brown the lamb until golden, 4 to 5 minutes per side. (Do in 2 batches if necessary.) Remove the lamb and set aside.
- Heat oven to 400° F. Pour off the excess oil from the Dutch oven. Stir in the onion, garlic, and rosemary. Cook 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, wine, broth, and lamb. Cover and bring to a boil. Place in oven.
- Cook the lamb until it is fork-tender, about 2 1/2 hours, occasionally basting with the cooking liquid. After 1 hour, place the pan of fennel in the oven and roast until tender. Serve with the pan juices.
- KEEP IT: The lamb and fennel can be stored separately in the refrigerator up to 3 days. To freeze (the lamb only; fennel turns mushy when thawed), divide into individual servings with the sauce. Warm in a 375° F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling. The lamb keeps in the freezer up to 3 months.
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