The meat can be cooked through step three up to three days in advance. Let it cool in the liquid in the pot, refrigerate, then transfer the pot to a 350 degrees oven and heat through, about 45 minutes, before straining the liquid and serving the dish.
Lamb shanks are at their best when gently cooked. A slow cooker creates meltingly tender meat in a flavorful sauce -- perfect for Sunday dinner. Asking your butcher to slice your shanks ensures an easy fit in a slow cooker. Or, look for smaller foreshanks, which come from the front of the lamb.
Raymond Blanc, executive chef and owner of Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Oxfordshire, England, varies the vegetables in this dish depending on the time of year.Adapted from "Blanc Vite," by Raymond Blanc. Copyright 1998 by Raymond Blanc. Reprinted by permission of Headline Book Publishing.
If you want to ensure that a piece of meat is both tender and flavorful, you can't do better than braising. This recipe is brought to us by Tom Valenti, owner and executive chef of New York's Ouest restaurant, who likes to serve the lamb on a bed of soft polenta.
A frequently overlooked part of the lamb that's intensely meaty yet exceptionally mild, the shank is an unassuming cut that takes well to any number of ingredients. Dates lend it sweetness; chickpeas, sustenance; and a blend of spices, an undercurrent of warmth.