Mickey Strang describes this dish as "elegant comfort food." Serve it over mashed potatoes or polenta.
Sunset DECEMBER 2001
1. Trim root ends, coarse tops, and outer layers from leeks; cut leeks in half lengthwise. Rinse under running water, flipping layers to flush out grit. Coarsely chop.
2. Pour oil into a 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven or ovenproof pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add leeks and garlic; stir often until leeks are limp, about 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, rinse lamb shanks and pat dry. Add lamb, 1 cup water, orange slices, port, Cointreau, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to pan. Cover and bring to a simmer.
4. Transfer pan to a 325° regular or convection oven and bake until lamb is very tender when pierced, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Check occasionally; if pan gets too dry, add water, 1/4 cup at a time, as needed. Uncover and bake until meat is well browned, 10 to 20 minutes longer.
5. Serve from pan, or spoon into a wide, shallow bowl. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
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