Lamb Shank Recipe

Is sheep to cute to be served at our tables or should we simply close our eyes? Let’s make some delicious Lamb Shank and enjoy the ride!

Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMomLife can be cruel sometimes. Probably there is a reason, we have cartoons about animals, we don’t usually eat.

What’s under the wrap?

It makes harder to swallow something once we become emotionally attached to it. Wondering between the isles in our favorite grocery store, musing about our next dinner, checking on the quality of the meat or simply picking up ready-made meals isn’t as emotionally taxing as raising and then butchering it.

Or at least not most of us who aren’t really signed up for veganism and has no problem coating a once living creature into its own unborn offspring with breadcrumbs, hello there chicken nuggets.

Who to blame?

Of course, when there is a will, there is a way or maybe it’s the other way around. Our brain can make up all sort of things to justify the decisions of its primitive intuitive parts. Thomas Jefferson -a vegan by the standards of his time- justified for himself eating fish by seeing fish eat other fish.

In our modern consumer-centric world, we don’t really have to justify anything as long as we dutifully buy frequently and plenty though. Our conscious is being taken care of by providing food without the emotional baggage that a meek pair of eyes would cause while slowly fading out of this world.

Is there redemption?

The worst of all is that we’ve crafted our conscious world so masterfully that we are able to waste tons of perfectly edible food without a second thought too.

Not everybody is so lucky to live in a world deprived of compassion though. Every now and then, there are people who don’t waste food, buy seasonal produce, go vegan and their favorite cartoon character happen to be part of the national diet like Shaun a sheep.

What is lamb shank?

Lamb shank is the cheap cut of meat, given that we can get our hands on it, as lamb isn’t the cheapest of meats around generally. Its price may reflect the fact that sheep meat production requires the most land per 100g protein, showing even its bigger grazing companion, the beef behind.

What is lamb?

Lamb is the name of a sheep not older than 1 year old in countries where it matters. The US is not one of them so here people are allowed to call all sort of meat lamb as long as it belongs to the sheep.

Other countries, like New Zealand and the UK , make the naming system more restrictive,where they call “hogget” the two years old sheep and “mutton” the three years old ones. In Spain they make distinction between diets too and call the milk only diet, unwaned lambs “lechazo”.

Lechazos really are a treat with a remote flavor of lamb, masked with the milk so the very character of the meat lingers in the back of our tongue only as a reminder of what is that we are actually eating.

Whom lamb shank is for?

Due to the distinctive taste of the meat, not everybody is great fan of lamb, let alone hogget and mutton where the characteristics of the species are even more pronounced. In older animals the meat is also tougher, the connective tissues are stronger, and the meat is darker that makes the preparation process more elaborate.

The older meat makes it perfect candidate for slow cook dishes, like braised meat or stews while younger animals with more tender cuts are also prepared over open fire or grilled.

Lamb shanks belong to the former long-haul jobs. Luckily, as it is with stews, it doesn’t require too many skills but some patience and wine (partly for the dish and partly to drown our conscience until we finish such a delicious meal).Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom

Ingredients

  • ½ cup / 120ml Cooking oil
  • Lamb shanks (5lb / 2kg)
  • 3 pieces / 400g Onion (finely diced)
  • 2 pieces / 200g Carrot (finely diced)
  • 1 stalk / 200g Celery (finely diced)
  • 6 teaspoon / 30g Salt
  • 3 cloves / 10g Garlic (finely diced)
  • 21 oz / 600g Tomato (quartered)
  • 2½ cup / 600ml Red wine
  • 2 cups / 500ml Water
  • 3 sprigs Thyme
  • 2 Bay leaf

How to make Lamb shank

  1. Heat some of the oil and sear the lamb shanks on all sides.Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom
  2. Add more oil then on high heat saute the diced onion, carrot, celery and salt until the onion gets a glassy / translucent look.Mirepoix GP SunCakeMom
  3. Add garlic, lower the heat and stir fry until the onion starts to caramelize, 10 – 15 minutes.Mirepoix-gp-1-SunCakeMom
  4. Increase the heat then add the diced up tomato. Stir-fry until the tomato starts to fall apart, 5 – 10 minutes.Mirepoix-gp-3-SunCakeMom
  5. Pour in the red wine, water, add the thyme and bay leaves too then bring it to boil.Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom
  6. Place the lid on, reduce the heat and simmer until the meat comes off the bone, about 2 hours.Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom
  7. Take the meat out, press the vegetables through a sieve if short on time, just blend them together.Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom
  8. Put the meat onto an ovenproof dish, ladle some sauce around and on top of the meat.Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom
  9. Place it under the broiler’s highest temperature until golden brown, about 15 minutes.Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom

Note: Lamb shanks are traditionally served with mashed potatoes but tasty with simple salad or cauliflower mash too!

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Lamb Shank Recipe

Is sheep to cute to be served at our tables or should we simply close our eyes? Let's make some delicious Lamb Shank and enjoy the ride!
Course Low Carb Meal, Main Course, Meal
Cuisine Dairy free, Gluten free, Keto, Low carb recipe, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 10
Calories 270kcal
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Cooking oil
  • 5 lb Lamb shanks
  • 3 pieces Onion finely diced
  • 2 pieces Carrot finely diced
  • 1 stalk Celery finely diced
  • 6 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 cloves Garlic finely diced
  • 21 oz Tomato quartered
  • cup Red wine
  • 2 cups Water
  • 3 sprigs Thyme
  • 2 Bay leaf

Instructions

  • Heat some of the oil and sear the lamb shanks on all sides.
    Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Add more oil then on high heat saute the diced onion, carrot, celery and salt until the onion gets a glassy / translucent look.
    Mirepoix GP SunCakeMom
  • Add garlic, lower the heat and stir fry until the onion starts to caramelize, 10 - 15 minutes.
    Mirepoix-gp-1-SunCakeMom
  • Increase the heat then add the diced up tomato. Stir-fry until the tomato starts to fall apart, 5 - 10 minutes.
    Mirepoix-gp-3-SunCakeMom
  • Pour in the red wine, water, add the thyme and bay leaves too then bring it to boil.
    Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Place the lid on, reduce the heat and simmer until the meat comes off the bone, about 2 hours.
    Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Take the meat out, press the vegetables through a sieve if short on time, just blend them together.
    Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Put the meat onto an ovenproof dish, ladle some sauce around and on top of the meat.
    Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Place it under the broiler's highest temperature until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
    Lamb shank recipe - SunCakeMom

Notes

Lamb shanks are traditionally served with mashed potatoes but tasty with simple salad or cauliflower mash too!

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 270kcal (14%) | Carbohydrates: 7g (2%) | Protein: 20g (40%) | Fat: 13g (20%) | Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 64mg (21%) | Sodium: 1487mg (65%) | Potassium: 455mg (13%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 2g (2%) | Vitamin A: 564IU (11%) | Vitamin C: 9mg (11%) | Calcium: 26mg (3%) | Iron: 2mg (11%)

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