10 servings (serving size: 3 ounces lamb, about 1/3 cup sauce, and 2 tablespoons cucumber raita)

This earthy meal of braised lamb shanks in a richly flavored sauce - named for the Greek goddess of the hearth - was born during one of those occasions. Raita (RAH-ee-tah) is a traditional Indian salad of yogurt and chopped vegetables.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Rinse lamb with cold water; pat dry.

Step 3

Heat a large Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add 2 lamb shanks; cook 10 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining lamb; remove from pan.

Step 4

Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add dry Marsala; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add broth, tomato sauce, rosemary, salt, pepper, and cinnamon stick.

Step 5

Return lamb to pan; bring mixture to a simmer. Cover pan and bake at 350° for 1 hour.

Step 6

Remove lamb mixture from oven; stir in raisins. Cover and bake an additional 45 minutes or until lamb is tender. Remove cinnamon stick; discard. Serve lamb with pan sauce and Cucumber Raita. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.

Step 7

(Totals include Cucumber Raita)

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